Showing posts with label The Beatles Get Back (Peter Jackson film). Show all posts
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Friday, January 28, 2022

The Beatles' rooftop concert audio is now streaming

The complete audio from The Beatles' famed "rooftop" concert is now available to hearing on streaming services

The full performance, disappointingly/ridiculously, wasn't included on last year's Let it Be Super Deluxe set and, in Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back" film, it was interrupted throughout by "man on the street" interviews with people hearing the music below. So, this is the first opportunity, aside from bootlegs, to hear the entire performance uninterrupted. Hopefully, we'll see vinyl and CD releases of this soon, too.

Giles Martin, who produced the Let it Be box, told Rolling Stone:

“We wanted to put it on the box set,” Giles Martin tells Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview. “But it just took up too much real estate. It’s 40 minutes, so it didn’t make any sense. But the response to Get Back has been so extraordinary.”
“I always thought the rooftop concert is better to be seen and listened to, rather than just listened to, [but] there was such an overwhelming request: ‘Why don’t we have this?’ That’s why we did it. I think this is more of a historical document for fans. I’ve made it so fans can listen to everything I have, really. I cut off a bit at the end, which is basically just wind noise, and that’s it. I mixed the whole thing from start to finish in its entirety.”

 Here are details on the performances' streaming debut form the official news release:

On 30 January, 1969, The Beatles famously staged their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters in London’s Savile Row. This Sunday’s 53rd anniversary will be celebrated with an exciting slate of special releases, events and announcements, with The Beatles leading the charge. 

For the first time, the complete audio for the band’s legendary rooftop performance has been mixed in stereo and Dolby Atmos by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company will debut The Beatles: Get Back-The Rooftop Performance for global streaming Friday, 28 January, at 5am GMT.

Fans around the world have been exploring The Beatles’ January 1969 sessions and rooftop performance with last fall’s celebrated release of the band’s remixed, expanded Let It Be Special Edition (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe), Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back” docuseries (Disney/Apple Corps Ltd./WingNut), and the collectible hardcover book also titled The Beatles: Get Back (Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway). The raw sources explored for the new projects have revealed that a more joyous, benevolent spirit imbued the sessions than was conveyed in the 1970 Let It Be film’s 80 minutes, while also shining a new, warmer light on the Let It Be album.

In addition to the streaming release for The Beatles: Get Back-The Rooftop Performance, the anniversary celebration for The Beatles’ electrifying rooftop performance will continue with several more exciting announcements, tributes, and events:

Today, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces a groundbreaking featured exhibit, titled The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be, set to open on 18 March, 2022 and run through March 2023. An immersive complement to Peter Jackson’s “Get Back” docuseries, the multimedia exhibit will welcome fans to step into The Beatles’ January 1969 rehearsals, sessions, and witness the band’s final rooftop performance, surrounded by large-scale projections and superior sound. The scene is thrillingly set with original instruments, clothing, handwritten lyrics, and other unique items, including several on loan directly from Beatles principals. Special events to be hosted by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during the exhibit’s run, including interviews, film screenings, panels, and more will be announced throughout the year.

On Friday, 28 January, Norah Jones will release two rooftop tribute performance videos of Beatles songs from the Let It Be album, recently filmed with her band on the rooftop of New York’s Empire State Building. The two performances, “I’ve Got A Feeling” and “Let It Be,” will debut on Norah Jones’ YouTube Channel tomorrow at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT.

This Saturday, 29 January, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil will debut a rooftop performance tribute video for “Get Back” (LOVE Version), featuring cast members from the acclaimed stage production, now in its 15th year of wowing audiences at The Mirage Las Vegas. The performance video will debut on Cirque du Soleil’s YouTube Channel at 6am PST / 9am EST / 2pm GMT. A behind-the-scenes/making-of video for the cast’s rooftop tribute performance will debut an hour later on the channel at 7am PST / 10am EST / 3pm GMT.

This Sunday, 30 January, the 53rd anniversary of The Beatles’ rooftop performance, Disney/Apple Corps Ltd./WingNut will present a special screening event exclusively at IMAX theaters in the US and UK of “The Beatles: Get Back-The Rooftop Concert.” The 60-minute feature presents The Beatles’ complete rooftop performance following a brief introduction. The special event screenings will begin with an exclusive filmmaker Q&A at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT. The concert, which features in its entirety in the Disney+ original docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back,” is optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Remastering) technology. Tickets for the Exclusive IMAX Event Screening and Filmmaker Q&A are on sale at: tickets.imax.com.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

IMAX screenings of Beatles' rooftop gig accompany release of "Get Back" series on video

Peter Jackson's acclaimed "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 8 and will be accompanied by screenings of the one-hour rooftop concert sequence in select IMAX theaters Feb. 11-13.

Details:

The Beatles’ unforgettable concert on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters on January 30, 1969, will debut as a 60-minute feature at an Exclusive IMAX® Event Screening and Filmmaker Q&A on January 30, 2022.

To celebrate the anniversary of the landmark performance, select IMAX® theaters will host the screenings with a filmmaker Q&A and give away exclusive mini-posters. The Q&A will be broadcast via satellite simultaneously to all connected IMAX locations. “I’m thrilled that the rooftop concert from ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is going to be experienced in IMAX, on that huge screen,” says director/producer Peter Jackson. “It’s The Beatles’ last concert, and it’s the absolute perfect way to see and hear it.”

“Ever since Peter Jackson’s beautiful and illuminating docuseries debuted, we’ve heard non-stop from fans who want to experience its unforgettable rooftop performance in IMAX,” says Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment. “We are so excited to partner with Disney to bring ‘Get Back’ to an entirely new stage and give Beatles fans everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch and hear their heroes in the unrivalled sight and sound of IMAX.”

The concert, which features in its entirety in Peter Jackson’s original docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back,” will be optimized for IMAX screens, digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Remastering) technology. Tickets for the Exclusive IMAX Event Screening and Filmmaker Q&A on January 30, 2022, are currently on sale at: tickets.imax.com.

A global theatrical engagement of the 60-minute feature, “The Beatles: Get Back–The Rooftop Concert,” will then run February 11-13, 2022. The complete docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back,” will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. on February 8, 2022 and also distributed globally - dates soon to be confirmed.

Blu-ray/DVD details;

Directed by filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back is a three-part documentary series that takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome, and is compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. Also featured — for the first time in its entirety — is The Beatles’ last live performance as a group — the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row — as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Director: Peter Jackson

Executive Producers: Jonathan Clyde, Peter Jackson, Jeff Jones, Ken Kamins, Clare Olssen

Creator: Peter Jackson

Cast: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

Special Packaging:

  • Rigid Slipcase
  • 3-disc Softpack
  • 4 Collector Cards

Audio:

  • English Dolby Atmos
  • English Steeo PCM
  • English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

Run Time: Approx. 458 minutes

Friday, December 31, 2021

Beatles' associate, film producer Denis O'Dell dead at 98

Film producer Denis O'Dell, seen often in Peter Jackson's recent "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary and mentioned in the band's tune "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)," died Dec. 20, Variety reports.

Denis O’Dell, a producer on two Beatles’ movies as well as “How I Won the War,” “Robin and Marion” and “Heaven’s Gate,” died Dec. 30 from natural causes in Almería, Spain at his home in San José, Cabo de Gata. He was 98.

Father of “Exodus: Gods and Kings” producer Denise O’Dell and grandfather of Denis Pedregosa, producer of Netflix hit “The Paramedic,” O’Dell’s connection with movies stretches back to the ‘40s.

He had already produced six movies, such as Brian Desmond Hurst’s “The Playboy of the Western World” in 1962, before his association with the Beatles which begun in professional terms with O’Dell taking an associate producer credit on Richard Lester’s “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring the Beatles and released in 1964.

O’Dell is generally credited with persuading John Lennon to go to Almería to star in absurdist WWII drama “How I Won the War,” during whose shoot Lennon composed much of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” a milestone in the Beatles’ output. An associate producer on “How I Won the War,” O’Dell took a full producer credit on the made for TV “Magical Mystery Tour,” directed by George Harrison, Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Such was the Beatles’ gratitude to O’Dell that on “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number),” one of the last songs the group recorded, Lennon introduces McCartney by the name of “Denis O’Bell.”

O’Dell would go on to produce big films, such as Sidney Lumet’s 1973 “The Offence,” Lester’s 1975 Flashman-based “Royal Flash” and above all 1976’s “Robin and Marion,” starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn, and Michael Cimino’s 1980 “Heaven’s Gate,” where he worked on the film’s prologue, set and shot in Oxford, but had little to do with the rest of the film.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Watch the restored Beatles "Get Back" rooftop performance

From Peter Jackson's documentary "The Beatles: Get Back," premiering on Disney+ on Thanksgiving Day. This is just a segment of the song, unfortunately.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Stella McCartney introduces "Beatles: Get Back" fashion line - appears with John's sons

Fashion designer (and Paul's kid) Stella McCartney this week posted a photo of herself with Julian and Sean Lennon at a Los Angeles screening of an edited version of director Peter Jackson's three-part, six-hour "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary, which debuts on Thanksgiving on Disney+.

Jackson's film also inspired a new fashion range by Stella, which is highlighted in a new article from Vogue. Check it out here.

“The film [captured] such a special, precious moment— it’s epic,” Stella said on a call from Los Angeles, where she’s hosting a launch party tonight. “I wanted the collection to feel like a real moment too, and [highlight] the emotional family link I have. I think it goes a step beyond a ‘normal’ collaboration in that respect.”


Watch: "The Beatles, Get Back and London: on the trail of a timeless story"

See inside Twickenham Film Studios, Apple Studios and Abbey Road Studios (locations from The Beatles: Get Back film) with John Harris - journalist and an editor of The Beatles: Get Back book. Watch and listen as John also meets members of the public to talk about the band, their music and the legacy of their iconic rooftop performance.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Eavesdropping on the Beatles: Peter Jackson talks "Get Back"


Uncut has a new interview with director Peter Jackson about his upcoming "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary.

They have this wonderful running battle with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the director. Michael is determined to try to capture as much candid material as he can. There’s this on-going battle between Michael and The Beatles, ’cause they’re aware that he’s doing this. Michael employs some techniques to try to get them on film in much more of a candid way. He would get the cameraman to set up the tripod, set up a shot, press the button and then walk away as if they’re off to have a cup of tea. And the camera would have a 10-minute roll of film in it, and it would just be quietly rolling. He used to put some tape over the red light. And Michael would also hide microphones everywhere to try to capture candid conversations. What John and George used to do is if they were in a conversation, they would turn their amps up loud and they’d strum the guitar. So all Michael’s microphones were recording was this loud guitar. What we’ve been able to do with artificial intelligence-based technology is strip the guitars off now and expose the private conversations that they had. Some key parts of our movie feature private conversations that they tried to disguise or tried to cover up at the time that he was recording them.

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

60 Minutes puts focus on "The Beatles: Get Back" this Sunday

CBS' "60 Minutes" features interviews with director Peter Jackson and Giles Martin about "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary this week.

Details:

Rock music's greatest divorce, the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, was always associated with the film and album "Let it Be." Half a century later, dozens of hours of that film left on the cutting room floor is telling a different story. 60 Minutes will show some of that footage Sunday night for the first time, revealing an intimacy and creative bond between the four musicians that belies the long-held narrative.

Jon Wertheim speaks to director Peter Jackson, whose documentary series, "Get Back,"  resurrects the unused footage to rewrite the story of rock's biggest breakup, on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS.

Peter Jackson, best known for his work on "The Lord of the Rings" films, has been working on his series for four years. He was surprised when he first viewed the nearly 60 hours of material that had been sitting in a vault.

"I was watching, I was waiting for it to get bad. I was waiting for the narrative that I'd believed over the years to start happening… the arguments… discontent. Waiting for the misery," Jackson tells Wertheim. "And, you know, it didn't happen…These are not guys that dislike each other…"

He says 50 years later, even the surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, had tainted memories.

"I'm talking to Ringo and Paul. And their memory was very miserable and unhappy and I'd say, 'Look, whatever your memories are, whatever you think your memories are, this is the truth of it. And here, look,'" Jackson says.   

The footage shows the four bandmates in the midst of writing and rehearsing such classics as "The Two of Us," "Don't Let Me Down" and "Get Back." In all, the 57 hours of unseen film revealed a deep collaboration and enthusiasm among the Beatles.

"[Paul and Ringo] started to realize… this is an incredibly amazing historical document of the Beatles at work. And four friends at work. And clearly, they're four friends," says Jackson.    

Wertheim also speaks with Giles Martin, who, as the son of the late Beatles producer Sir George Martin, grew up in the band's orbit.  He worked with Jackson on the series and points out the bandmates put a lot of pressure on themselves during the filming and drew on their deep friendships to pull it off.

"This is the biggest band on the planet saying we're going to do our first show in three years in three weeks' time. We don't know where it's going to be. And we don't know what songs we're going to play," says Martin. "Paul and John kind of knew that they were growing apart… like a marriage that's failing and they want to go back on their date nights again."    

"After 50 years, you'd have every right to believe that everything with the Beatles had been talked about... every film had been seen, every bit of music had been heard and there was no more surprises with the Beatles," Jackson tells Wertheim. "And suddenly, bang, out of nowhere comes this incredible treasure trove of fly on the wall material 52 years later. It still blows my mind." 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg looks back on "Let it Be" in new Rolling Stone interview


Rolling Stone gets Michael Lindsay-Hogg's views on the upcoming "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary and his recollections of working with the Beatles on the original "Let it Be" film.

Ringo is being openly sour about your original movie. He told me that there was “no joy” in it.

Personally, I don’t care. That’s his opinion. And we all have them. I mean, the polite version is everybody’s got elbows and everybody’s got opinions. I like Ringo. And I don’t think he’s seen the movie for 50 years. Don’t forget, we shot it in January ’69. We are editing it through August, maybe September ’69, and it’s probably ready, September, October ’69. And there’s some issues about when it’s going to get released, because [business manager] Allen Klein wanted to have a seat on the board of MGM, and he was trying to use the film to parlay that. Then that didn’t work out, so he went back to United Artists. But that’s around the time that the Beatles are starting to break up.

And I think, if you haven’t seen the movie in a long time, and you may not have the best memory in the world, all that kind of gets mixed up in your brain about what it was like. Because when I saw it last, I’m thinking, “What is he talking about?” In fact, there’s great joy and connection and collaboration, and good times and jokes and affection in Let It Be. It ends with the concert on the roof, which is the first time they played together in public for three years, when they are magical. And they’re having such a good time. They realize, wow, we’ve been missing this. And through much of the picture, they’re happy and they’re trying to work things out. You don’t always have a smile on your face when you’re trying to work something out. You’re thinking. So I just don’t think he’s seen it for a long time. And again, with respect, I don’t care. As a human being, he’s wonderfully quick and funny. 

More here

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Beatles tease "Get Back" book out Oct. 12

The Beatles have released new info on the companion book to Peter Jackson's "Get Back" documentary. The book is out Oct. 12 and available for order now from Amazon

Callaway Arts & Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd. are pleased to announce plans for the global publication on October 12, 2021 of THE BEATLES: GET BACK, the first official standalone book to be released by The Beatles since international bestseller The Beatles Anthology. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. 

Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, THE BEATLES: GET BACK also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. 

The book’s texts are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert. THE BEATLES: GET BACK will be a special and essential complement to director Peter Jackson’s “THE BEATLES: GET BACK” feature documentary film, set for release exclusively on Disney+ Over Three Days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021.

This intimate, riveting book invites us to travel back in time to January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles’ last year as a band. The BEATLES (‘The White Album’) is still at number one in the charts, but the ever-prolific foursome regroup in London for a new project, initially titled Get Back. 

Over 21 days, first at Twickenham Film Studios and then at their own brand-new Apple Studios, with cameras and tape recorders documenting every day’s work, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, new and old, in preparation for what proves to be their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own Apple Corps office building, bringing central London to a halt. 

Legend now has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart, but, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction to THE BEATLES: GET BACK, “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire.” 

These sessions, which generated the Let It Be album and film released in May 1970, represent the only time in The Beatles’ career that they were filmed at such length while in the studio creating music. Simultaneously, they were exclusively photographed and their conversations recorded. 

THE BEATLES: GET BACK is the band’s own definitive book documenting those sessions. It brings together enthralling transcripts of their candid conversations, edited by leading music writer John Harris, with hundreds of extraordinary images, most of them unpublished. The majority of the photographs are by two photographers who had special access to their sessions—Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later). 

Peter Jackson’s documentary film will reexamine the sessions using over 55 hours of unreleased original 16-millimetre footage filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, now restored, and 120 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings. This sumptuous book also features many unseen high-resolution film frames from the same restored footage.











Friday, September 17, 2021

November Mojo mag puts focus on Beatles' "Get Back"

The Fabs cover Mojo once again, and get their tunes covered on the CD that comes along with the magazine this November.

Details:

PAUL McCARTNEY, PETER JACKSON, Glyn Johns and Michael Lindsay-Hogg deliver the truth behind the legend of the Beatles’ notorious January 1969. Includes: the inside track on Jackson’s upcoming Get Back films and new angles on the Fabs’ Let It Be LP. Also this month: Charlie Watts – an in-depth tribute; Genesis – the comeback!; Patti Smith by Lenny Kaye; the secrets of The Meters’ voodoo funk; Screamadelica at 30. Plus: Tori Amos; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Steve Van Zandt; Endless Boogie; Joni Mitchell; Don Everly; Johnny Marr; Roger Taylor; Shane MacGowan; The War On Drugs; Shel Talmy; and everything you always wanted to know about Ethiopian pop but were afraid to ask.

THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD is Fab Gear: 15 hand-selected Beatles covers by artists including The Black Keys, Swamp Dogg, Jim James, Judy Collins, Richard Thompson, James Booker, Bettye Lavette, The 13th Floor Elevators and more!

PLUS: BEATLES ART PRINT! Purchasers of our bagged newsstand edition also get a posh art print, featuring a rare shot of the band at their Apple headquarters, recording Let It Be.

CONTENTS MOJO 336

COVER STORY: THE BEATLES How the upcoming Get Back films, and a brand new audio package, will make you rethink Let It Be, the album and its context. With Paul McCartney, Peter Jackson, Glyn Johns, Michael Lindsay-Hogg and more.

CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P. In-depth tribute to the eternal gentleman who made the Stones roll. Plus: an intimate encounter and an exploration of Charlie’s greatest beats.

GENESIS Exclusive interviews with Mike, Tony and Phil. How they survived Peter Gabriel’s exit to become stadium stars. Why their latest tour is likely their last.

TORI AMOS From piano prodigy to subversive star to cultdom in Cornwall, she’s gone her own way: “Just because you can fill a slot, doesn’t mean that you should...”

THE METERS The New Orleans funk pioneers thrived on telepathy and fell out over business. Now lost music from their midst is a reminder of their bewitching genius.

PATTI SMITH Her irresistible rise, punk rock, Dylan and Hendrix, by bandmate Lenny Kaye. An extract from his new book about rock’s most incandescent flashpoints.

PRIMAL SCREAM Thirty years on, how Screamadelica got on one, turned ‘indie’ upside down... but exacted a high price. “It goes to show just how fragile we all are.”

ENDLESS BOOGIE The rock riff as atavistic prayer, as mastered by an über-record junkie and his pals. “It’s crude,” they tell David Fricke, “and very difficult to do.”

REVIEWED The War On Drugs / Joni Mitchell / My Morning Jacket / Circuit Des Yeux / Bob Dylan / Parquet Courts / Hawkwind / Nancy Sinatra / Howlin Rain / Brandi Carlile / Grateful Dead / Elvis Costello / Small Faces / Clinic / Billy Bragg / Shannon Lay / The Charlatans / Neil Young / Shane MacGowan / The Velvet Underground

PLUS Bye Bye Don Everly, Lee Scratch Perry, Nancy Griffith... / Stevie Van Zandt on why his new memoir is “like a detective novel” / Johnny Marr’s double album looms / Hand Habits and BadBadNotGood are on the rise / A catch-up with Queen’s Roger Taylor / In the studio with Big Thief / ’60s production legend Shel Talmy looks back, and forward / The Bug buzzes on Never Mind The Bollocks...

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Peter Jackson details "The Beatles: Get Back"

British GQ has a long interview with Peter Jackson about the director's upcoming documentary about the Beatles' "Let it Be/Get Back" project.

Were there any idiomatic exchanges you had to cut because they just wouldn’t have made sense 50 years later?

There are a lot of references to culture at the time, so what we’ve tried to do is to show photographs of what they’re talking about and explain it. There’s a thing where John’s doing “Dig A Pony” and he starts singing these alternative lyrics, “Dickie, Dickie, Dickie Murdock”. Apparently he was a heavyweight wrestler in 1969, so we’ve shown a photo of him as John sings. At one point the band turn “Get Back” into a protest song about Enoch Powell’s immigration policies, and if you’re going to use their Pakistani lyrics from the alternative version, satirizing Enoch Powell, then you can’t really do that without explaining to people who Enoch Powell was. The thing is, satire doesn’t really work in a pop song, so they were in danger of sounding like they supported Enoch Powell, rather than trying to send him up. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Peter Jackson documentary "The Beatles: Get Back" to debut on Disney+ Nov. 25-27

Looks like there's been a change in plans from the planned August premiere of the film...

Details from the news release:

BURBANK, Calif. (June 17, 2021) - The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. announced today that Disney+ will bring “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney+ Original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, to fans and music lovers worldwide.

Because of the wealth of tremendous footage Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing, “The Beatles: Get Back” will be presented as three separate episodes. Each episode is approximately two hours in length, rolling out over three days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

“As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company. “This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ with fans around the world.” 

Peter Jackson commented, “In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia - it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.”

He added, “I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”

Directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Shall Not Grow Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome, compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to these private film archives. “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

An exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and Jackson presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde (“Eight Days a Week”), with Ken Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy) and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones (“Eight Days a Week”) serving as executive producers. Jabez Olssen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) serves as the documentary’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin (“Rocketman”) and Sam Okell (“Yesterday”).

“The Beatles: Get Back” is being made with the enthusiastic support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Ahead of the documentary’s Disney+ debut, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will release The Beatles: Get Back book on October 12. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover complements the “Get Back” documentary with transcriptions of The Beatles’ recorded conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never before published photos from the three weeks of sessions. The collectible book will be published in nine international language editions, including English.