The news that Alan Rickman will be portraying Hilly Kristal in a new CBGB biopic half excited us, then half scared us yesterday. He'll be good, but Lordy, who is going to play Debbie Harry? And The Ramones? Those are big shoes to fill... So we comforted ourselves with this -- a list of our top 10 favorite music biopics. There are quite a remarkable number of good ones, too. We feel kinda bad for not including La Bamba here, but, take our word for it... We re-watched that movie recently and it's kinda terrible. So, let the countdown begin!
10. The Buddy Holly Story
Before Gary Busey was a raving lunatic, he made some great movies, like, um, Point Break, and, when he was super young, The Buddy Holly Story, in which he somewhat convincingly portrayed Buddy Holly. Whether you've seen this or not, you already know how it ends -- duh: tragedy -- but we wish to emphasize that this movie is unintentionally hilarious throughout and, therefore, thoroughly enjoyable. Also, it's a nice reminder that Buddy Holly wrote some damn fine tunes.
When Backbeat came out in 1994, it was a bit like stumbling across your mom's old journals and finding out she had a sordid secret history that she'd never bothered to tell you about. The Beatles? A quintet? Hanging around German docks all dressed in leather? What the...? It all happened folks, and it's all here and largely focused on tragic original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. We're glad he finally got a bit of credit here.
8. The Doors