Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A documentary about rock music or rock musicians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A documentary about rock music or its musicians.

Etymologies

Blend of rock2 and documentary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of rock and documentary (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The movie, released two years later, defined the "rockumentary" genre, and inadvertently gave birth to the ultimate rock parody This Is Spinal Tap.

    Martin Scorsese: '3D is liberating. Every shot is rethinking cinema'

  • In the MTV days, you would get the 'rockumentary' and the news and you started to care about (artists).

    LP33.tv: 'MySpace meets MTV'

  • The brainchild of Justin Dillon, a San Francisco Bay-area musician, Call Response -- described as a "rockumentary" by its maker -- weaves raw footage shot undercover in brothels and sweatshops in the developing world with talking heads such as Cornel West and the activist/actress Ashley Judd, and live music performances from such disparate artists as Imogen Heap, Moby, Matisyahu, Natasha Bedingfield and the Sudanese rapper, Emmanuel Jal.

    Cathleen Falsani: Trade Cards, Not People

  • One of the most affecting scenes in the "rockumentary" is of an adolescent sex worker somewhere in Asia.

    Cathleen Falsani: Trade Cards, Not People

  • Police fans have been treated to a fair bit in the last couple of years; a reunion tour aside, there was drummer Stewart Copeland's cracking DVD release 'Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out' in 2006, a fascinating 'rockumentary' detailing the band's disintegration from the inside in the early '80s.

    Certifiable (DVD)

  • So goes a famous scene from This Is Spinal Tap, the satirical 1984 "rockumentary" of "one of England's loudest bands," in which lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) tours his collection with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner).

    Guitars Of The Stars

  • This Sunday at 7 PM, a free screening of the Wesley Willis "rockumentary"

    Chicago Reader

  • Leaving Home: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean, a first of its kind 'rockumentary' on an Indian music band is all set to hit theatres.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • It's been more than 25 years since the classic mock "rockumentary" "This is Spinal Tap" hit the big screen.

    KTVZ.com - Local Headlines

  • From the Spinal Tap "rockumentary" to Led Zeppelin's excess-all-areas ­biography Hammer of the Gods, young fans have long been fascinated with the early 1970s when dinosaur rock bands wrote long songs about goblins and had hotel room ­shenanigans involving girls and fish.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

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