Learning is a lifelong journey. When I was working in the classroom, I always felt that history was far more exciting when audio//visual elements were included. Students who had sassed me the first day to try + push my buttons actually paid attention as they absorbed Jimi Hendrix's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Woodstock. The fact that I could get seventeen-year-olds to engage in conversation about the event//era//historical significance, ask questions, plus gain some musical knowledge was always the highlight of the lesson, even if it was only eight minutes of the class period.
Now that I'm not in a classroom [teaching or obtaining another degree], I often find myself viewing documentaries on Netflix to keep my brain from turning to mush. Books//newspapers//journals are also utilized, but I have the attention span of a fly + I absorb information better in an audio//visual format. Since most of the documentaries I have seen are of the musical persuasion, I figured "ladies first."
For those who don't use Netflix, I included links to the rentals via Amazon + iTunes.
Good Ol' Freda [Amazon//iTunes]
Hit So Hard [Amazon//iTunes]
The Punk Singer [Amazon//iTunes]
20 Feet From Stardom [Amazon//iTunes]
Madonna: Truth or Dare [Amazon//iTunes]