If you took your love of music to the movie theaters during 2013, there’s a strong chance you came across a decent documentary or two. And with more innovative ways to distribute films, there were so many flicks we could watch from the comfort of our couches. With so many choices, which music docs managed to stand out this year?
AOL is presenting a free stream of Alex Winter’s Downloaded, the VH1 Rock Doc delving into the digital music revolution of the early ’00s. The film, which was distributed in a trailblazing partnership between VH1 and AOL, focuses on the rise of Napster and features co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker.
The VH1 Rock Doc Downloaded gets it’s public premiere this Thursday (that’s the 12th!) steaming on AOL. It’s a fitting debut for Alex Winter‘s film that chronicles the rise and fall of Napster, the infamous high profile peer-to-peer internet music sharing service. Although extremely controversial due to the thorny questions it raised about ownership and copyright, there’s no denying that the site placed a major cultural role and was an important technological stepping stone.
In the twelve years since a barrage of lawsuits shut it down, music sharing on the internet has gone from being just for “pirates” to a major business. There’s no shortage of sites where one can steam (or in some cases download) music of every conceivable variety, all to your heart’s content. We’ve got the mysterious-yet-epic “Daisy” project from Beats on the horizon, the brain child industry titans Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and record exec Jimmy Iovine. Napster’s back -this time as a streaming site and MP3 store- and now even BitTorrent is going legit as a legal file transfer site. We’ve come a long way in music sharing since the first steps taken by Napster more than a dozen years ago. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to rock out for free (or very little money) on the web!
Today is the day! Alex Winter’s film Downloaded, which follows Napster’s rise in the early file sharing era, is now available via Video On Demand.
Downloaded, Alex Winter’s documentary highlighting Napster and the digital music revolution, is heading to theaters and Video On Demand. The VH1 Rock Doc will be hitting viewers this summer.
VH1 is partnering with AOL to widely release director Alex Winter‘s new documentary film Downloaded, which covers the rise and fall of the infamous mp3 file sharing —some would say file stealing— application Napster, as well as the ramifications that this service had on the music industry at large. In addition to being shown in theaters, the documentary will be streamed online and made available through Video On Demand.
On today’s Very VH1, Liz Black chats with director, Alex Winter. Live from SXSW Alex will discuss his new documentary film Downloaded, a film that explores Napster and the world of downloading music from its inception to present day. Join us today at 11:30 AM EST. Check out the video below to watch the show and click on the comment icon in the upper right hand corner to participate in the chat!
When you see Downloaded, the VH1 Rock Doc that made its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Festival last night, director Alex Winter presents some clear lines of demarcation between who he views as the heroes and villains of the story. Shawn Fanning, co-founder of Napster and the “face” of the company, is presented as a sympathetic figure, and the frightened “old world” mentality is personified by Metallica‘s drummer Lars Ulrich, who famously led the charge against the file-sharing service. We caught up with Shawn Fanning last night and asked him if, after all these years, he still had beef with Lars.
The world premiere of Downloaded, the latest entry in the Emmy award winning VH1 Rock Docs canon, went down at Austin’s Paramount Theater last night as part of the 2013 SXSW Festival. We were there on the red carpet, where we caught up with the film’s primary subjects, Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and asked them each about the single biggest lesson they learned during this equally exciting and chaotic time.