There's nothing like rock 'n' roll music, and tonight's “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984) gives us insight into the world of a heavy-metal band, though it is a fictional “rockumentary.” It airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America and stars Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest. Reiner also directed the film.
Here is a short quiz about other rock films.
1. This 1964 film featured a lot of girls screaming and chasing these mop-top lads from Liverpool.
2. Martin Scorsese filmed this group's final concert in 1978 and called it “The Last Waltz.”
3. This film included footage of a man who was killed while the Rolling Stones were performing in 1969 at the Altamont outside San Francisco.
4. The concert event of 1969, featuring the Who, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Santana.
5. Can you name the 1967 documentary about Bob Dylan?
6. Whether he's Prince or the Artist formerly known as Prince, this film was based on his album of the same name.
7. Which concert film by Jonathan Demme featured the new wave group Talking Heads?
8. Julien Temple made this documentary about punk-era singer and writer Joe Strummer.
Answers: 1. “A Hard Day's Night.” 2. The Band. 3. “Gimme Shelter.” 4. “Woodstock.” 5. “Don't Look Back.” 6. “Purple Rain.” 7. “Stop Making Sense” (1984). 8. “The Future Is Unwritten: Joe Strummer” (2007).