ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas ★★★½

Toothless but pleasant good-time-Charlie overview of how ZZ Top came together and what they accomplished up to about 1983, cut with modern interviews and them playing their music on a set. Great band, seemingly great dudes. A little is made of Frank Beard’s drug problems but, as usual, one of my biggest pet peeves about rock docs is the willingness to take things out of chronological order so that a linear narrative could take place. There were a few interesting pieces to their story that get ignored (like how they overdubbed all their older records with the new digital/gated drum sound in the late 80s) but these guys are genial and still at it, and seem to enjoy their lives, so good on ‘em.