Pop Life: The Popular Music Biopic – Introduction


  • Matthew Bannister Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC)


Popular music biopics, popular music films, musicals


Introduces essays in Special Issue. 10.5429/2079-3871(2017)v7i1.2en

Author Biography

Matthew Bannister, Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC)

Postgraduate Theory Supervisor, musician



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Control. 2007. Dir. Anton Corbijn, Momentum Pictures; The Weinstein Company.

Elvis. 1979. Dir. John Carpenter, Dick Clark Productions.

Funny Girl. 1968. Dir. William Wyler. United States: Columbia Pictures; Rastar Pictures.

Get On Up. 2014. Dir. Tate Taylor. Imagine Entertainments/Jagged Films/Wyolah Films.

Gimme Shelter. 1970. Dir. Albert and David Maysles. Penforta; Maysles Productions.

I’m Not There. 2007. Dir. Todd Haynes. The Weinstein Company.

Jolson Sings Again. 1949. Dir. Henry Levin. Sidney Buchman Enterprises; Columbia Pictures Corporation.

Night and Day. 1946. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros.

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. 1988. Dir. Todd Haynes. Iced Tea Productions.

Telstar: The Joe Meek Story. 2008. Dir. Nick Moran, Aspiration Films / G2 Pictures.

The Buddy Holly Story. 1978. Dir. Steve Rash. Innovisions/ECA.

The Concert for Bangladesh. (1972). Dir. Saul Swimmer. Apple Corps, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, US Committee for UNICEF.

The Doors. 1991. Dir. Oliver Stone. Bill Graham Films et al.

The Jazz Singer. 1927. Dir. Alan Crosland. Warner Bros.

The Jolson Story. 1946. Dir. Alfred Green. Columbia Pictures Corporation.

The Song Remains the Same. 1976. Dir. Peter Clifton, Joe Massot. Swan Song.

Velvet Goldmine. 1998. Dir. Todd Haynes. Channel 4 Films, Goldwyn Films, Killer Films, Miramax, Newmarket Capital Group, Single Cell Pictures, Zenith Entertainment.

Walk the Line. 2005. Dir. James Mangold. Fox 2000 Pictures et al.

Woodstock. 1970. Dir. Michael Wadleigh, Wadleigh-Maurice.


Johnny Cash, 1968. Live At Folsom Prison. Columbia, May, US.