So, to me the world seems in severe lack of pop entertainment revolving around musicians. Glee does not, and will never count. Same goes for reality singing/talent competition du jour.
That being said, lets make a list of things (movies, TV shows, comics, webisodes, and what have you, that involve musicians! There has got to be more stuff out there!
I've got two off the top of my head, both from Japan, and very :
Nodame Cantabile and La Corda dOro.
Nodame Cantabile (Graphic Novel, Anime, 2 Live Action Series plus movies, several classical albums/soundtracks, and games)
Megumi Noda, or "Nodame" is a messy and disorganized piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a preschool teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score.
Shinichi Chiaki is Momogaoka's top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. An arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist who once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy (namely Prague), he is trapped in Japan because of his childhood phobia of airplanes and the ocean.
They meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame's unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Along the way, they meet some crazy people and make lasting friendships.
La Corda dOro (Video Game, Anime, Graphic Novel)
Kahoko Hino is a student in the General Education section of Seiso Academy. One day she runs into Lili, a musical fairy, who grants her a magical violin and a place in the school's annual musical competition. Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by Lili until she accepts the instrument and place in the competition. As she practices, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any musical piece as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart. As the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is trying to compete with.
You should know it.
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather.A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.
The Blues Brothers
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
The Phantom of the Opera
The only other ones that i can think of besides the ones you've mentioned are:
An extremely talented, homeless, mentally ill man is discovered my columnist in LA who's being pressured to find good story ideas for the paper.The columnist tries to help the man get back on his feet.
True story of an Australian pianist, David Helfgott who is offered to come to the US to further his talent, but his father doesn't want him too. He leaves and goes anyway, only to come back and goes into an institution.
Walk the Line
The life of Johnny Cash
Story Of Ray Charles
This movies is based on a book called Neon Angels that the lead singer of the band wrote. It's about how their band came to be, and about drug use…
About rapper Christopher Wallace's (Notorious B.I.G.) life/death
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