Different Drums: Documentaries on Musical Curiosities

Documentary titles that profile outré musicians, unusual musical instruments, and odd music sub-genres.

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People are Strange: Beyond the Average Human Interest Stories
See It Loud: Documentaries on Music
Let Us Entertain You: Documentaries About Performing

  • Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents
  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  • The Nomi Song
  • Screaming Men
  • Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey
  • King Rocker
  • The Sparks Brothers
  • Amateur on Plastic
  • Nobody May Come
  • Tiny Tim: King for a Day
  • Zappa
  • Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore
  • Icepick To The Moon
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway
  • Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
  • Death Metal Grandma
  • Milford Graves Full Mantis
  • The Florence Foster Jenkins Story
  • Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
  • Melody of Noise
  • SHU-DE! Let's Go
  • Korla
  • Landfill Harmonic
  • When My Sorrow Died: The Story of Armen Ra and The Theremin
  • Jingle Bell Rocks!
  • Brute Force
  • From Straight To Bizarre
  • John Cage: Journeys in Sound
  • Soundbreaker
  • Tony Conrad, Invented Acoustical Instruments
  • Grandma Lo-Fi
  • The Source Family
  • The Weird World of Blowfly
  • Trimpin: The Sound of Invention
  • We Don't Care About Music Anyway
  • Wesley Willis's Joyrides
  • Florence Foster Jenkins: A World of Her Own
  • Frank Zappa: A Pioneer of the Future of Music
  • Captain Beefheart: Under Review
  • Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here)
  • Buscando a Reynols
  • Derailroaded
  • Sun Ra: Brother From Another Planet
  • You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story
  • Haack ...The King of Techno
  • Jandek on Corwood
  • Let Me Be Your Band
  • Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story
  • Eskimo
  • Vivian Stanshall: The Canyons of his Mind
  • Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll
  • The Outsider: The Story of Harry Partch
  • Thoth
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • Genghis Blues
  • The Greatest Theremin Virtuosa
  • The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart
  • Sonic Outlaws
  • Musical Outsiders: An American Legacy
  • Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King
  • Hasil Adkins: The Wild World of Hasil Adkins
  • Tiny Tim at the Great American Circus
  • Kubota
  • Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise