Worth Watchin’

Here are a few worthwhile music documentaries that you may have overlooked on Netflix Instant Watch:

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” (2011): The documentary follows the real-life rags-to-riches story of Arnel Pineda, who went from living on the streets of Manila to standing in the spotlight in front of thousands of adoring fans as the lead singer of the veteran rock band Journey. Yeah, I know what you’re thinkin’ – you hate Journey. But you might find yourself rooting for Pineda in spite of that.

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“American Harmony” (2009): If you enjoy the NBC-TV singing competition show “The Sing-Off” or a cappella singing in general, check out this documentary that digs into the world of contemporary babershop quartet, which has come a long way since the days of “Lida Rose.”

“The Other F Word” (2011): Punk rock is all about rebellion and no rules. Right? But this documentary – focusing primarily (and with surprising honesty) on Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg – examines the way that A-list veteran punk rockers try to face up to middle age, responsibility and – gasp! – Fatherhood. As Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 explains in the film, “The cool thing about what I do for a living is that the expectation of me as a father is so fucking low… the bar couldn’t be any lower. It never dawned on me that at one point I’d be a father and have to buy the clean version of my albums to play in the car.” BONUS: Los Straitjackets’ “Casbah” is included in the film’s soundtrack…

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