The History of Rock Biopics

Rock biopics

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JOHN PATRICK GATTA AND PUBLISHED BY ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK ON OCTOBER 18, 2018.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Those opening lines of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" also describe the approach to rock biopics, as we take a look at our favorite movies inspired by the lives of rockers.

Biopics often provide a conundrum for fans. On one hand, the movies can bring long-deceased rockers back to life, shedding light on their mythology and the highlights of their careers while introducing their music to entirely new generations of potential fans. On the other hand, the creative team often has to leave out crucial elements (or entire characters) in order to fit a typical two-hour movie running time.

And even when they get it right and put out an entertaining film, they usually take no small degree of dramatic license, sanitizing the more juicy bits of someone's life for a mass audience or making up elements of the story to give it a more cohesive and dramatic narrative flow.

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