Doc'n Roll's 2020 was shaping up to be the biggest and best year yet for the UK's music documentary festival, with a 14-city country-wide tour starting in March. But we all know what happened next...

So while we await the return of loud, live, in-person opportunities to enjoy music and music docs, we've moved some of our fantastic lineup of films from the big screen to your small screen at home via Doc'n Roll TV, our video on-demand platform which currently boasts 36 great docs. It's the UK's first pay-per-view streaming service devoted exclusively to music documentaries, and better still, most titles are available to viewers around the world.

We also thought it was only fair that since we're bringing our docs straight to you until you can come back to us, we should also give you a look at the people behind Doc'n Roll's UK-wide tour: the local producers who make it all possible, from Scotland to Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, and from Nottingham to Brighton and Bristol. Read on for their Doc'n Roll TV recommendations, their musical heroes and more!


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Doc'n Roll Scotland: Morven Masterton

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll Scotland's 2020 edition was postponed
I’m pretty old skool. I haven’t joined any virtual gigs or been fortunate enough to witness local musicians play in the neighbourhood; instead, I’m glued to the radio. I’m mainly tuning in to BBC 6 Music but also trying to checking out some indie stations, for example Glasgow-based Clyde Built Radio and Edinburgh’s EH-FM.

2. Scotland's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is...
That is a toughy! For uniqueness, cultural heritage and idiosyncratic Scottish-ness, it has to be Ivor Cutler. If you haven’t heard him before, prepare yourself for something a little bit different. You could describe his style as folky spoken word but also tuneful, and very playful. He’s had a bit of a renaissance recently. Lots of current Scottish musicians have played homage to him by both performing and re-inventing his work, which is a great thing, because many people under 40 won’t know of him, and still get Rabbie Burns drilled into them at school.

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because... 
It brings together film and music like no other…and celebrates the underdog.

4. Doc'n Roll Scotland was born when...
I got involved with Doc’n Roll London about six or seven years ago, right after the first ever edition. I was at a point in my life where I was looking to spend more of my time doing the things I loved, and film and music were at the top of the list. I saw a volunteering opportunity on the Independent Cinema Office website and sent an email expressing interest. Soon after I met up with Vanessa, Doc’n Roll’s co-director, and it went from there – we shared a Barcelona connection. I’m now part of the weird and wonderful family that is Doc’n Roll. Taking Doc’n Roll to Scotland was on the cards quite early on, but for a number of reasons it just wasn’t the right time. It finally arrived last year when we launched in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. Our second edition was supposed to have been this May (sigh).

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
I still talk about this film whenever I get the chance: it has to be Raving Iran. Even though I’m not a fan of house music, this film is brilliantly told by its Swiss director, Susana Regina Meures. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship, music and civic freedom in a country that suppresses creative expression. Funny, thrilling, and ultimately, moving.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendation is...
A Band Called Death is a great film about a group of brothers who did what they wanted and refused to conform to stereotype, playing what they wanted, and created through a single, determined vision. Undiscovered music and sibling love – a wonderful combination. 
I’m a bit of a fan of Sleaford Mods so I also have to pick out Bunch of Kunst. German director Christine Franz looks back at the success of this working-class Nottinghamshire duo, and how these two guys and their bus-driving manager went from nothing to a chart sensation at a ripe age, thanks to their brutal honesty depicting the unheard voices of regular Brits.

About me:
I’m a Scottish-Londoner with a foot in both camps. Torn between the bright lights of the capital and the familiarity of home. Always looking for the next thing, but scared to make the first move. Glad to have found a team of ambitious, rock’n’roll risk-takers. Living a life of contrasts – by day working for a health charity, by night glued to Film Freeway and Vimeo! I also work for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, so for the past few years I have watched in the region of 200 documentaries per year, and that doesn't include short docs!

1. World premiere of Gina Birch's 'Cracked Open' at the ICA, London
2. Doc'n Roll Scotland's debut programme, 2019
3. Morven Masterton with Colm Forde, Doc'n Roll founder and programmer
4. The CCA, Glasgow - "one of the best multi-platform cultural centres in Scotland!"
5. Morven with Anne-Marie McGregor (left) and Jacqueline Caux (centre), director of Never Stop: The Music That Resists
6. Morven with Vanessa Lobon Garcia, Doc'n Roll CEO and programmer


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 Doc'n Roll Manchester: Nick Barber

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll Manchester's 2020 edition was postponed
I promote gigs in Manchester, so I’ve been using this time to keep busy exploring more local music, writing reviews and sharing on my social media platforms. I have also started Barber Presents, a podcast featuring interviews with Manchester bands. It’s a Desert Island Discs kind of thing where bands talk about their influences, but also discuss the bands’ own music. I am also part of a records club with my family, where each week someone picks a new album for the group to listen to and then we review it! So, in terms of getting my music fix, I am still as busy as ever. But as my job is managing a music venue, Band on the Wall, live music is something I am really missing!

2. Manchester's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is...
I want to say, all the unsigned, upcoming bands that are making the scene so interesting at the moment. I’ve seen lots of bands that are absolutely incredible and have blown me away in a room of about 10 people… which is amazing, even if it's a bit sad for the band!

Obviously, Mark E Smith of The Fall is the greatest hero of Manchester music. I managed to see The Fall around five or six times before he died, and every time was a completely different experience (to put it nicely). But what a genius and a hero!

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
It gives a platform to incredible music documentaries made by very talented people about very talented people, from all different backgrounds and genres. It helps to tell untold stories.

4. I got involved in Doc'n Roll Manchester when...
I started by volunteering one year, and I really loved the atmosphere and vibe of the festival and the people involved. I’ve always loved film and music, and I mentioned to Colm and Vanessa that I was already running live music events in Manchester. Then they asked if I wanted to be involved in the next year – the answer was obviously a yes!

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
My favourite has to be Shut up and Play the Piano. I had no idea who Chilly Gonzales was, and didn’t really have any preconceptions or even expectations for the film – only to be blown away by such an incredible personality, story and musician! I felt such high energy in the film and it never let up. It uses techniques that break from what you expect in a normal documentary and it kind of throws you a bit - just like Chilly did with his music. It was funny, captivating, entertaining, kinda sad and interesting! It had everything, really. I bought the DVD the day after just so I could watch it again and show everyone, and also went straight home and listened to his music! Incredible documentary!

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendation is...
I’ve got to say Manchester Keeps on Dancing, haven’t I? Manchester is where all the best music comes from! But really - the story of the Haçienda and the development of house music is a crazy one, and the music is great!

7. If I made a music documentary, it would be about...
I would have to do it about the DIY Manchester music scene at the moment. There are great things happening, with lots of great music being made, and incredible venues! Let’s hope they are not lost due to COVID-19. A shout-out to The Peer Hat and Aatma.. two incredible venues in Manchester like no other!

About me:
Hello, my name is Nick, I’m from Stockport, and I work in a music venue in the city centre of Manchester. I also organise live music events via my promotions page, Barber Presents, helping to give a platform to upcoming bands from around Manchester and the UK (and occasionally from other corners of the globe). My favourite musician is Connan Mockasin and my favourite director is Yorgas Lanthimos.
Twitter: @nickbarber12

1. Nick Barber and his dad at Green Man - "it's my favourite music festival"
2. Manchester Doc'n Roll team!
3. Aatma - "an incredible secret venue in Manchester"
4. Mark E Smith, lead singer of The Fall


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Doc'n Roll Nottingham: Mark McIntyre

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Nottingham was postponed
I play a bit, so I'm “making my own entertainment”, up to a point. I was supposed to be at Bearded Theory recently; it was cancelled, of course, so I put the tent up in the garden and watched music vids! And of course I’m making regular forays into Doc’n Roll TV.

2. Nottingham's greatest unsung musical hero(ine)s are...
I love Diablo Furs: they look great, don't take themselves too seriously and make a great noise. They played one of our Doc’n Roll gigs a while back.
I'm also hopeful I can hook the magnificent Revenge of Calculon into a Doc’n Roll Nottingham gig, once we get the show back on the road!

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because…
In an increasingly homogeneous world, it offers diversity and eclectic choice.

4. How and why I joined Doc'n Roll...
I was aware of Doc’n Roll’s London festivals, and there were always a load of great docs that I wanted to see. But the reality is you can't just pop down from Nottingham to London to watch a film. Given the strength of the film and music scene here in Nottingham, it seemed like the right thing to do to bring Doc’n Roll to the people here. And of course we have been made super welcome by the Broadway Cinema, which is a great venue for Doc’n Roll.

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
It has to be Rudeboy - The Story of Trojan Records. It's a beautifully crafted film and of course it has a brilliant soundtrack. There was a fantastic buzz about our screenings at the Broadway, especially the first night we showed it. And to top it off I had the honour of meeting Lloyd Coxsone, one of the featured artists in Rudeboy.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendation is...
The Revelation of Lee Scratch Perry: to be honest, it’s partly because I love the music, but also because you get a laid-back insight into the working methods of a true genius – some of which will surprise you.

7. If I made a music documentary, it'd be about...
I think there's a great story to be told about the influential women in the classic ska and reggae eras. I've also got plans around a particular album, but I can't say any more until I talk to the band!

About me:
I am a blow-in to Nottingham; I have made it my home for the past 20 years. I was raised in Gateshead and then went to university in Liverpool in the mid 1980s. I have worked in healthcare for 20+ years: NHS, the Department of Health, start-ups and corporates. Married, two daughters, amateur musician.

1. with MC Spee, frontman of Dreadzone, outside the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2. with my band, Fuse, playing the Maze in Nottingham
3. with Lloyd Coxsone at the Nottingham premiere of Rudeboy


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Doc'n Roll Nottingham: Marcus Duffield

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Nottingham was postponed
After missing out on having Doc’n Roll Nottingham in March, along with so many gigs and at least two open-air music festivals, all thanks to COVID-19, I am beginning to fear we may never get back to the good old days of live music. Although I rarely venture beyond the fringe of a mosh pit these days, I always enjoy the spectacle, the excitement and the energy that an enthusiastic crowd seems to give the performers on stage. Many bands have taken to live performances on social media and I’ve resorted to watching a few archive on-stage shows, but for me they fail to live up to the real thing.

That’s where Doc’n Roll comes in. The documentaries offer so much more than simply watching a recording of a band’s live performance – you get a real insight, not only into what it’s like to be in a band or to be a performer, but also what it would be like to be in that band or to be that performer.

2. Nottingham's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is...
Phil Wright, the drummer and singer with Paper Lace, one of Nottingham’s most successful bands in the 1970s, with hits “Billy Don’t be a Hero” and “The Night Chicago Died”. Anyone who can sing and play the drums at the same time is a hero in my mind.

Other than that, it’s probably my Doc’n Roll Nottingham colleague Mark McIntyre, who I once saw with his band play the Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia” in a marquee at a Nottinghamshire village fete. Joining me in the crowd were half a dozen eight-year-olds, the president of the local Women’s Institute and a rather bemused family who were too polite to leave. That is commitment to live music!

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
It gives you so much more than simply listening to a “recorded live” show of your favourite band. Real insight into some fascinating people.

4. I joined Doc'n Roll Nottingham's team because...
I’ve been to most of the Doc’n Roll Nottingham shows at the Broadway Cinema over the past few years. They’re always entertaining, even when the documentary was about a band that wasn’t “my kind of music”, and it’s such a great venue. It’s a great way to enjoy music while supporting an independent cinema – what’s not to like?

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
Rudeboy - The Story of Trojan Records. I was too young to know about the label during its heyday; I have spent most of my life since then trying to catch up with so much fantastic music like this. Rudeboy is a great insight into how ska and reggae came to the UK.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendation is...
There are almost too many to mention. Bunch of Kunst – A Film About Sleaford Mods is fantastic. They’re Nottingham-based and it’s great to see them doing so well after so many years of hard work. Also, We Are the League – The Anti-Nowhere League. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard the lines (approximately): “You criticise us/You say we’re sh*t/But we’re up here and we’re doing it/So don’t you criticise us for the things we do/No f*cker pays to go and see you.” It’s a great reminder that it’s better to see a rubbish band rather than no band at all.

7. If I made a music doc, it'd be about...
I’m a big fan of The Clash. Joe Strummer (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Mick Jones (vocals and lead guitar) have been well documented as the driving forces behind the band, but I’d like to see a film that explores the influences of bass player Paul Simonon and drummer Topper Headon. I think they played a much bigger part in the spirit of the band than they get credit for.

About me:
I am an experienced publicity, public relations, media and communications professional with a deep understanding of how broadcast, print and online media (including social media) work and what they each need from a story to make it work for them and their target audiences. A former journalist, I now work in wider communications and public relations as a consultant for a range of public and private-sector clients, helping them to tell their stories in the most effective way. With a passion for music and live performances, I can often be found (pre-COVID-19, anyway) at Nottingham music venues and at concerts and music festivals across the country.

1. Marcus Duffield
2. DJ legend and Rudeboy contributor Don Letts, thinking carefully about what to play next...
3. Marcus Duffield, caught on camera at Strummerville at Glastonbury


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 Doc'n Roll Liverpool: Brit Williams

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Liverpool was postponed
Ah, it’s such a shame we had to postpone this year. We were literally two weeks away from the event! I’m lucky enough to work for a new music and creative culture magazine called Bido Lito! We are always sifting through new singles and albums. I curate our Hot Pink! playlist, featuring the best new music across Merseyside. That, and I have BBC 6 Music on a lot!

2. Liverpool's greatest unsung musical hero(ine)s are...
That’s a difficult question! We have so many incredible bands and musicians making music right now here in Liverpool. Some of my favourites are Eyesore & The Jinx, Strawberry Guy, Aimée Steven, Eli Smart, XamVolo, Pizzagirl… the list goes on. These are just a few that I keep on heavy rotation: their music is unique and paints the picture of the Liverpool music scene so well – so eclectic.

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
It opens the door to a whole world of music you may have never listened to, or thought you would connect to. Doc’n Roll covers so many interesting genres and is the perfect way to learn about something completely out of your own realm. You never know what you’ll latch on to.

4. I got involved with Doc'n Roll Liverpool when...
We work closely with Doc’n Roll at the magazine. I heard through my publisher that they were looking for someone to take over the Liverpool event and I thought, hey, why not get in touch!

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
I really, really enjoyed So Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In? It’s such an important and overlooked issue in the music industry and tells the story about how until this day, women are still given a hard time. As a label owner, I have experienced this countless times – emails saying “Hi Mr Brit Williams” or just generally assuming I’m male because I run a label. It’s time for change, and 2020 is certainly proving that with the incredible Black Lives Matter protests. I believe in equality for all, and docs like this are helping to make a difference.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendations are...
A Band Called Death: I saw this documentary when it first came out and I was blown away. What a brilliant story about Death, now pegged as one of the first punk bands. Three brothers from Detroit started by playing together in their bedroom and produced some of the most…let’s say different music anyone had ever heard. The band were seen as too intimidating in the disco era, but their story is one that everyone should know. Do yourself a favour and watch!

Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story: this one’s an obvious choice for me, as I am a huge metal fan. I’ve even been over to Wacken Open Air in Germany for the world’s biggest heavy metal music festival, AND appeared in the Metallica movie. It’s got everything you want – fast music, interviews with some of the dudes who helped create this scene, and pure rebellion. They were trying so hard to get away from the glam rockers and the MTV scene. Little did they know back then that this genre would absolutely erupt into the massive machine that it is today.

7. If I made a music documentary, it would be about...
I am currently writing my master’s thesis on the modern garage rock scene, so I’d most likely grab a few cameras, buy a ticket to San Francisco (and maybe time travel back) to the scene that has been growing there for the last decade, like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. I’d probably just drive up the coast and film everyone involved in the DIY garage rock scene out there, and go to some shows. It’s pretty incredible what’s been going on.

About me:
I’m Brit, a Canadian writer who has lived all over England for the past seven years. When I’m not writing or researching, I’m running my record label Blak Hand and acting as ambassador for everything retro as manager of Cassette Store Day.

Twitter: @therealbritjean
Instagram: @blakhandrecords

1. At Sun Studios in Memphis
2. Independent Label Market, London 
3. Five Guys and a label owner
4. Ace, in spades


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Doc'n Roll Newcastle: Amelia Kate Gardiner

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Newcastle was postponed

Live streams have been an absolute dream, although at times there are so many going on that it’s hard to decide which one to tune into. There’s something quite intimate about watching a musician in their natural environment.
Lockdown has also been a great opportunity to reconnect with my vinyl collection, and I’ve definitely rediscovered a lot of gems I’d forgotten I owned: shout out to Too Many DJs As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt 2.
Oh, and there’ve been a lot of late nights with my housemates on Singstar. Luckily, we’ve not had any complaints from the neighbours yet.

2. Newcastle's greatest unsung musical hero(ine)s are...
I don’t know if you’d class them as unsung, and I often debate with myself if they can be properly classed as a Newcastle band, but Maximo Park will forever be in my heart. Paul Smith is quite possibly one of the most underrated frontmen ever; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone else perform with that much energy.

Lyrically, they are what connect me to home: there are so many moments in their songs where you can picture yourself “standing by the monument in the rain”, which is a favourite lyric of mine. They’re definitely up there among the bands I’ve seen the most. One of my most memorable moments is seeing them at the Star and Shadow Cinema in 2009. There couldn’t have been more than 50-100 people in the room, but then two days later I saw them at a sold-out Newcastle Academy. Nothing compares to being in a Maximo audience.

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
For me, it means I don’t have to choose between my love of film and my love of music. Doc’n Roll goes beyond being just a film festival; I don’t think you’ll ever experience anything like sitting in a cinema surrounded by people who truly love the musicians on screen. There’s no holding back when it comes to Doc’n Roll; it’s unapologetic and the line-up is unpredictable. Plus, Doc’n Roll is a family!

4. I got involved with Doc'n Roll Newcastle when...
Doc’n Roll Newcastle was a long time in the making. I’d first met Vanessa and Colm, Doc’n Roll’s founders, back in 2015. I was fresh out of university, working at the venue where they were holding the second Doc’n Roll Film Festival, and I had the honour of helping out with the screenings. They took me under their wing after that and I started volunteering. At some point, they trusted me enough to take on a co-ordinator role.

I’d always joked about how I’d love to do a Newcastle edition. When Doc’n Roll started taking over cities around the UK, I thought the North East needed a slice of the action. Growing up I never had anything like Doc’n Roll – which is why I ran away to big, bad London – so I saw this as an opportunity to bring something new to the city. Newcastle has such a vibrant music and creative scene and I wanted to create something that a younger me would have given an arm to attend. Of course, thanks to COVID-19 we’ve had a couple of knockbacks with Doc’n Roll Newcastle, so hopefully next year will be the one!

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
L7: Pretend We’re Dead – I can’t count the amount of times I’ve seen that doc – or Stories from the She Punks. They are the two documentaries that I’ve walked out from wanting to start a band. And can I give an honourable mention to The Show’s The Thing? There’s something about that documentary and the Q&A that has stuck with me.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendations
Late Blossom Blues: The Journey of Leo Bud Welch. I think sometimes you just need to hear someone’s story, and this is one of those times. Late Blossom Blues was one of those documentaries I stumbled across and I’m so glad I did.

A Band Called Death: it feels like an origin story to all your favourite bands.

7. If I made a music documentary, it'd be about...
The unsung queer women of colour who dominated the 1920s jazz and blues scene, such as Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey and Gladys Bently.

About me:
I spend my days working in film distribution and my nights sticking to the floors of music venues. I can sort of play many instruments but have yet to master one.
Instagram: @ameliusness

1) Who doesn’t love feedback forms?
2) Shorts night at the House of Vans, arguably the best part of Doc’n Roll Film Festival
3) Paul Smith (Maximo Park) 2009: I took this at the Star and Shadow Cinema, and I believe it was an album launch show
4) The time I travelled to LA to see Bikini Kill for their comeback show. I spent $26 dollars on that drink - I was not impressed
5) Dream Wife show at The Shacklewell Arms, London - one of my favourite venues and favourite shows. I’m the black hat and blonde hair at the front


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Doc'n Roll Brighton: Samantha Chandler

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Brighton was postponed
I've been working through all the fab documentaries on Doc'n Roll TV! I watched L7: Pretend We're Dead and I've been completely obsessed with female-fronted punk and riot grrrl bands during lockdown. Such a powerful feminist message in that music, particularly from L7 who give absolutely no f**ks. Ive also been watching a lot of the archive Glastonbury performances on iPlayer. I highly recommend the Maribou State set: so so good.

2. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
Of the unmatched selection of fantastic underground independent music documentaries! What I love most about Doc'n Roll is there are always opportunities for musos to spend time discovering a subculture or story about musicians they may never have heard of and stories that are not widely known. Also, the AFTERPARTIES! We had a some great afterparties planned for this year's festival in Brighton: we had local band King Lagoon's Flying Swordfish Band lined up to do a DJ set, with visuals provided by the awesome Innerstrings. We are poised for the rescheduled dates, so watch the Doc'n Roll Brighton Facebook page for updates.

3. I got involved with Doc'n Roll Brighton when...
I started off volunteering 3 years ago: they were looking for help stewarding and I wanted to watch all the films! I gradually took on more responsibility until I was officially made festival producer for 2020. I also have a degree in events management and have worked in events for many years, so it made sense for me to take on more of a production role for Doc'n Roll Brighton.

4. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
There was a fantastic exclusive UK release we had of Where Does a Body End?, about the band SWANS. We were lucky enough to have the director, Marco Porsia, over from Canada for the screening - and he ensured the volume was turned up nice and loud as well as staying to be part of the Q&A. The film is a rare insight into the world of Michael Gira, and Marco captures his complex character and processes perfectly. A must-see for all SWANS fans.

5. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendations
Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise is a must-see! Sun Ra was an amazing musician and powerful alien being: in his own words, 'I am not of this earth.' The film is a perfect demonstration of his work, his band and their cosmic message. There's some pretty far-out performance footage, too, which is a real treat.

I also love Betty - They Say I'm Different, a film about Betty Davis. Betty was a trailblazer for female artists, and the film tells the little-known story of her artistic integrity, her commercial success and the choice she made to fall into obscurity. Betty wrote and produced all her own music at time when that was extremely rare for a female artist, and in her heyday she was an absolute a force of nature and unapologetic sass queen.

6. If I made a music documentary, it'd be about...
I would be interested in making a film about Twin Temple, a "satanic doo wop" band from LA. I saw them on the last leg night of their first European tour at the Lexington in London, and it honestly was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Their sound is a combination of doo-wop, 60s soul and 70s psych - with songs including "Sex Magick" and "The Devil is a Woman", praising Satan and empowering womenkind. The live show involves several rituals summoning the flames of hell to burn down racism, ignorance and of course the patriarchy. They walk on stage flinging holy water over the crowd and encouraging chants of "Hail Satan!" I think there would be a lot to explore with this husband and wife duo!

About me:
I'm a 34 year old events manager from Brighton; expert in planning parties as well as attending them.
Instagram: @sammyjochan
Listen: Radio Interview on 1BTN about the films in Doc'n Roll Brighton 2020 

1) Sam Chandler
2) Duke of York's Picture House - the oldest cinema in continuous use in the UK and Doc'n Roll Brighton venue
3) Duke's at Komedia - Doc'n Roll Brighton venue
4) Vanessa, Lloyd Coxsone, volunteer Georgina and me at the "Rudeboy - The Story of Trojan Records" screening at Duke of York's 2019
5) Twin Temple
6) Where Does the Body End? Doc'n Roll Brighton Q&A with director Marco Porsia, 2019

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Doc'n Roll Bristol: Vanessa Scott

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 edition in Bristol was postponed
BBC 6 Music
Instagram – I’m particularly loving Roisin Murphy in lockdown. She makes me want to dress up and dance around the house.
YouTube – so I can also watch the accompanying videos
Mixes from friends

2. Bristol's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is...
This is a tricky one to answer. I'd like to pick someone totally unrelated to Bristol. We screened They Will Have to Kill Us First at a film festival I helped set up. It's a documentary that follows a group of Malian musicians who are in exile after music was banned in parts of the country. Disco, one of the female musicians, is an incredible force of nature and she is the one who says "They will have to kill us first" in response to the ban imposed by jihadists. She and some of the other musicians plan and perform in a concert - at great risk to themselves. I think it's an incredible story, made even more poignant by them saying that because playing music is like breathing for them, the ban is incredibly distressing for them.

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
It offers a rich mix of musical genres and brilliant storytelling. The latter, if done well, can draw people into a film irrespective of whether or not they know the music/ subject matter.

4. I got involved with Doc'n Roll Bristol when...
Through a friend of mine who was already part of the Doc’n Roll team. She and I had set up a film festival together in Streatham. I then moved to Bristol and she introduced me to Vanessa Lobon Garcia, who was looking for someone to set up the Bristol festival.

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
It has to be It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story. I really loved this film. I had no idea about the history of its founders, and in the documentary's interviews, the affection and high regard that the musicians held them in are palpable. I found it a really moving story.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendations
I really liked Don't Go Gentle: A Film about IDLES. I liked the way it added insight into mental health issues, which I think is pretty honest and brave, as well as reflecting on their rise.

I also like So Which Band is Your Boyfriend In? Interesting angle of of women in the industry and their experiences of it. I've also got my eye on the Gil Scott Heron - Black Wax doc - although really I want to watch everything. There's so much great stuff on there.

7. If I made a music documentary, it'd be about...
I'm a huge Prince fan, so I would love to have had unfettered access to his life back in the day!

1) Me and my partner outside the entrance to Primavera Sound 2016 
2) LCD Sound System at All Points East 2018
3) De La Soul at the Downs Festival 2017. De La Soul were part of the soundtrack of my youth
4) Me in the Dance Forest at Wilderness 2017 
5) Me at Rough Trade for Doc'n Roll Bristol 2019

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Doc'n Roll London and Doc'n Roll Scotland: Anne-Marie McGregor

1. How I've been getting my music fix since Doc'n Roll's 2020 editions around the country were postponed
I work in music so I've been keeping up with my usual distributors, podcasts, Soho Radio, Resonance, 1BTN and NTS shows, and I love a new addition, Clyde Built Radio, which features some of Glasgow's finest selectors. I've particularly enjoyed some of the streaming parties that have been happening. Roisin Murphy as part of HomoElectro was a standout favourite, and a trip back in time with the Death Disco revival organised by the old gang from Glasgow venue The Arches.

2. South London's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is... 
A fab trio called All The People who fuse electronica and soul, mixing analog synths with live drums and vocals, and are very much influenced by a 70s psyche sound.

And Scotland's greatest unsung musical hero(ine) is...
I'd have to go for a label, The Fence Collective, which continually produced a roster of artists covering everything.
Lone Pigeon, On The Fly and the mighty King Creosote. Each very different, they all showcase the best in Scottish music but don't get the headline gigs like a Mogwai or Belle & Sebastian.
Motormark were an incendiary electropop duo from Fife who went on to become a trio, Fangs. One of the truly great exports that sadly never made it but encompassed eveything I've always admired in my musical heroes - style, panache, wit and great lyrics.
Malcolm Middleton and Aidan Moffat's solo stuff hasn't received the full attention they've deserved in the wider world, I think.

3. Doc'n Roll is a good thing because...
It's keeping alive the punk rock attitude and outsider spirit that's been at the heart of the best music, and getting stories out there that connect fans and seekers.

4. I got involved with Doc'n Roll when...
I joined as a helper at a couple of screenings in 2017 when it was recommended by a friend who knew about my twin passions of music and film. I'd been organising a small free film festival in my local area, Streatham in South London, and I could have filled the whole thing with music films and docs if I'd had free rein. As it is, someone remarked last year that there was a high concentration of screenings about music in some form:-)
After attending just a couple of Doc'n Roll screenings, I was hooked. From the programming to the guest Q&As, I knew I'd found something I wanted to be part of. Everyone involved is deeply committed to the ethos of the project, and energised and enthused by the wonderful people we meet. It's an honour to be part of getting these stories out to fellow music obsessives.

5. My all-time favourite Doc'n Roll music documentary is...
Dennis & Lois. I could watch that film over and over, because the pair of them embody so much about this festival's spirit. They're not in it for the money and they're not impressed with fame. They have an infectious, evangelical approach to great music and still have passion and open mindedness to new music that many people seem to lose as they get older. This pair don't: they're open, badass, have a wicked sense of humour, have refused to "grow up" and are punk rock to the core. I wish I had even half their dedication to getting to live gigs.
I loved everything about the documentary. It's fast-paced, and captures their personalities in film, animation and talking heads from the bands who have come to love them, and it's extremely funny. It's such a rare thing to be able capture what's it's really like to be a devoted fan, and do this duo justice. Dennis and Lois are unique, but I admire and identify with a lot of what they were saying. It's certainly one of our more feel good-titles, although it has pathos, too.

6. My Doc'n Roll TV recommendations
Choosing is so tough as there's literally something special to be gleaned from each one but my personal absolute faves are:

Bunch of Kunst: a brilliant portrait of a duo that don't add up on paper in the current musical industry climate, but they go from pub gigs to Glastonbury, and have vital energy and raw lyrics on the state of broken Britain.

Manchester Keeps on Dancing: a love letter to a city that was made by someone you can tell is just as passionate about its musical scene and history. Director Javi Senz gathers a wonderful array of contributors, with nuggets from The Guvnor, Andrew Weatherall, Seth Troxler and Justin Robertson amongst others. It didn't feature many female voices would be my only criticism.

Betty - They Say I'm Different: it can be so hard to find content on women in music, and particularly documentaries, but Betty Davis has always been an artist whose music I've played out to get people dancing but knew very little about. Again, one of the best things about Doc'n Roll is that it brings untold stories to the fore and leaves you full of admiration or stunned.

RocKabul blew my mind as it captured the tenacity and spirit of Afghanistan's first-ever metal band. What these guys have gone through to keep their dream alive is incredibly inspiring. The film gives a glimpse into a side of young people's lives in that country that few would see or even think of, so it's a very important watch.

7. If I made a music documentary, it'd be about...
I'd make a doc based around Vic Galloway's mighty chronicle Songs In The Key of Fife. The Glasgow scene with Chemikal Underground and Rock Action is slightly better known, but Fifers have been at the fore of some of Scotland's finest output. From The Beta Band and Steve Maon through Kenny Anderson's many guises and talented family up to The Pictish Trail and HMS Ginifore with The Fence Collective. It would cover their roots, the years they spent putting out incredible releases, the Home Game Festivals they organised where a wristband got you entry to all the old mens' pubs in Anstruther, and you could see James Yorkston, Adem and Slow Club.

If I made a film about a single artist, it would be King Creosote. He's the full package: a charismatic, brilliant songwriter and band leader, and funny to boot.

About me:
I studied history at the University of Edinburgh, but I got my head turned by a career in music halfway through, so I didn't perform too well. I kept staying out too late at gigs and parties on the other side of the country.
I tried my hand at record labels and music PR jobs, running my own club nights and DJing, but I got a bit disillusioned after moving to London. So I took a "proper job", which, after a year or two of novelty, led to me crying in the toilets and stressed out because it was so soul-crushingly dull. Luckily I found my dream job making playlists, something I'd been doing since getting my first cassette recorder at 10, and I've not looked back.
I still DJ at festivals and parties, and love sharing new music.
In 2015 I found out about a wonderful not for profit initiative called Free Film Festivals, and I started a local chapter in Streatham, South London with a few friends. It has grown to be an annual two-week festival which I'm very proud to still head up with a fantastic bunch of volunteers. This and Doc'n Roll keeps me pretty busy. I do yoga and have cats for balance.
I feel incredibly privileged to have my job and to have been introduced to team Doc'n Roll with our band of misfits and inspiring guests and directors.

Twitter: @SecretDJ

1) Anne-Marie McGregor at Festival No. 6
2) Doc'n Roll Rudeboy afterparty
3) "Bobby Gillespie (right) was so kind and gracious to our young volunteer." 
4) Vanessa Scott (left) and Anne-Marie McGregor at Cinema for All
5) "Me and a fake Frank Sidebottom at Festival No. 6"
6) Anne-Marie McGregor with moustache
7) "My favourite Doc'n Roll Scotland pic": Morven Masterton (left) and Anne-Marie McGregor at the Cameo cinema