Things We Love Right Now: The Best Quarantine Content to Keep Fandom Roaring
For all of us live event fans, Tiger King is only serving as a temporary distraction. Not to worry, there are plenty of other ways to revel in your fandom from the comfort of your living room. Throw on your favorite jersey, turn up the volume, make yourself some pigs-in-a blanket, and enjoy our StubHub employee-sourced list of sports, music, and theater at-home activities.
Music-Centric Documentary Films
There are a handful of figures that changed the world as we know it. It’s no surprise that filmmakers were inspired to tell their stories. Here's a few of our favorite documentaries picked special for audiophiles of all genres:
- Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest: Hip-hop would not be what it is today without Tribe, one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time. Explore, who many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap.
- Bohemian Rhapsody: A celebration of Queen: their music, friendships and their complex lead singer Freddie Mercury, who is one of history’s most beloved entertainers.
- Muscle Shoals: The film’s namesake town in Alabama is quaint and largely unremarkable–that is until you consider Rick Hall’s Muscle Shoal’s Sounds Studio, where the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and many more created the songs that would come to define an era.
- What Happened Miss Simone?, Netflix documentary: Virtuoso pianist. Civil rights activist. Gifted vocal interpreter. This documentary explores Nina Simone’s considerable musicality, but also how her talents were silenced by racism, mental illness, and loneliness, ultimately leading to her disappearance at the peak of her powers.
- Whiplash: Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons give incredible performances as a young, rising jazz drummer studying at a top music conservatory and an abusive music instructor that pushes him over the edge.
Books About Sports
Some of the most uplifting stories are those that started in the locker room and end on fields, courts, and rinks of glory. Here are our picks for some of the best sports reads in the game:
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman It’s no secret that sports bring people together. In this story of a small forest town, a man-made ice rink and a team of young athletes kept hopes high in a small town with a big dream — to win the junior ice hockey final.
- King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick The best-selling biography of Muhammad Ali, this book takes a close look at one of the best boxers of all time. The pages dig deep into Ali’s contribution to American racial politics, culture, and the heroism that sometimes comes with athletic excellence.
- Summer of '49 by David Halberstam In the midst of a war-stricken era, baseball saved the day. The beginning of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry came at a time when Americans needed a positive distraction. This detailed account of that famous season shines a historic light on one of the most exciting duels in baseball.
- The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam On the outside, this book is an account of the quick breakdown of the former NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers. It’s far more than that as experienced sports journalist David Halberstam uncovers the inner-workings of sports teams from the fans to the greed and corruption.
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown There are plenty of amazing Olympics success stories, and somehow this one rises to the top. This story of the 1936 American Olympic rowing team shows the meaning of true grit centralizing around a theme that resonates with us all now: finding hope in desperate times.
Live Performance Spotify Playlist
This playlist may not help with canceled concert FOMO, but it will let us relive some of our favorite live music experiences. Pick among the singles below, or enjoy the full playlist here:
"There's nothing more soothing than a classic Eagles harmony. The song title alone is a good reminder to slow down when there's so much chaos around us." – Alex, Social Media Manager
“I was fortunate enough to see Fleetwood Mac on their last tour. Seeing Stevie twirl on stage to this song is a sight I’ll never forget.” – Stacia, CRM Marketing
“Because what’s more fun than trying to belt out every one of the harmonies by yourself (with no judgement)?” – Sunita, Finance Manager
“This song brings me back to such a carefree time literally dancing to it on top of my car. I regret not seeing him in Oakland on his last tour!” – Eileen, Recruiter
"This song reminds me to remain thankful for what I have. There’s always someone with much less and much more. Money doesn't bring happiness, but people do." – David, Biz Dev
“Ari’s vocals are truly out of this world and hearing them live was a magical experience. Whenever I need a pick me up I just take myself back to her Coachella performance.” – Ruben, Social Media Community Manager
Binge-worthy, Streamable TV Series
There’s no doubt that TV is ruling our quarantine lives. Join us as we take a break from reality TV and rewatch our favorite musical masterpieces and sports tributes.
- Friday Night Lights - While most of us have already watched every minute of every season of this football-themed gem, it’s worth a replay. Best known to the Twitterverse as FNL, the award-winning series follows the happenings of smalltown Dillon, TX where life without football is no life at all. Stream all seasons free on NBC.
- SMASH - In this fictional look at life producing a Broaday hit, a high-powered director/producer duo are tasked with balancing the drama of both their personal and professional lives. Tension is high throughout as they create an on-stage ode based on the life of the one and only Marilyn Monroe. Watch both seasons free on NBC.
- Vinyl - Ever wondered what it’s like working in the record industry? Vinyl is the Mad Men of the music world. Follow American Century Records king Richie Finestra through the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 1970s New York disco scene. A bonus: the soundtrack is curated by Mick Jagger. Streaming is available exclusively on HBO.
- High Fidelity - Craving some music-inspired romance? Check out this new Hulu original TV series based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. Zoë Kravitz (yes, Lenny’s daughter and co-star of HBO’s hit Big Little Lies) plays a Brooklyn record store owner who uses music to get her through the trials and tribulations of heartbreak
- Sports Night - If you’re one of those people missing the constant buzz of sports news, this late-90s classic follows the on-screen and off-screen friendship of two sports news anchors. You can binge all 12 seasons on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and iTunes.
Each week we’ll add more categories from books to documentaries, so make sure to check back!