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I have a lot of interest in music, and therefore a lot of interest in the music industry. There's one thing I've learned through reading autobiographies and watching movies and getting to know people within the industry, and that's that it's very rough.
Rough on so many levels, insofar that it's never easy on any step. Not only is it rough to make the music, but it's hard to play the music. It's hard to know where to play the music, it's hard to get people to come to see you play the music, and it's hard to get them to actually buy the music (or merchandise, etc.).
Anvil: The Story of Anvil follows a previously very popular thrash metal band called "Anvil," as we learn of what they were like in their prime and what they're like today. They were one of the bands within their generation of rock and metal to have potential to have success, but just ended up not going anywhere. It's said repetitively within the film that they simply weren't "in the right place at the right time" like all the other bands we still hear on the radio.
Nobody within the band is super happy about their current disposition, as they're all living in Canada working very boring jobs and the like. The documentary follows them as they work and work and work to try to make it, and it's almost sad to watch at some points. It's very well done and it's gripping to see what it takes when attempting to pursue the arts in this world.
Check it out if you're interested in music or enjoy documentaries. The cameramen were able to capture a lot of powerful experiences and feelings that the members of Anvil go through. Queue it up and check it out, it's definitely a hidden gem to watch and probably one of the more entertaining documentaries on Netflix streaming.