In January 1969, The Beatles recognized from the rounded mop top that appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show in just five years. you can't. Previous. Their popularity is unmatched. They have stopped touring and fame is tightening its price. Voluntary stress is occurring now. They were chased by the camera and spent three weeks recording 14 songs to play for a live audience. The surprisingly intimate footage was recently extracted from a vault in London and handed over to the talented hands of filmmaker Peter Jackson. As first reported last November, his three-part Disney + documentary series "Get Back" adds a great deal of light and joy to what was always considered the Beatles' darkest time. You might say Jackson sang a sad song, and well, you know the rest.
It's common to hear band performances. I rarely get a glimpse of the band at work and it's not the biggest band I've ever had. Now, let's teleport in 1969 and meet the Beatles.
Jon Wertheim: You are the first person to see this with a fresh eye over the years. How was it like to see this video?
Peter Jackson: That was fascinating. And 50 years later, you have the right to believe that everything about the Beatles was talked about. Seeing every bit of the movie, hearing every bit of music, the Beatles were no more surprised.
From his base in New Zealand, Peter Jackson takes a break from the director I've spent the last four years with John, Paul, George, and Ringo on big-budget studio films like The Lord of the Rings.
Peter Jackson: Suddenly a bang, 52 years later, this incredible treasure trove came out of nowhere on the wall material. It still blows my heart away. It really still blows my heart to be honest.
Paul McCartney: So why not change the two? Singing "I don't know if it will continue", "It's love without a past."
Jon Wertheim: So what's some historical background here? Under what circumstances was this video taken?
Peter Jackson: They lost what they loved as teenagers. They lost being the four guys playing in the band. So they plan to record a new album with only songs that they only play live. And they're not going to do studio tricks. There is no multitrack. And they had to-they had to understand where and how they were going to play to the audience.
Paul McCartney: Bonn, Cha, Bonbon.
As the Beatles wrote and rehearsed, the film crew was able to capture all the riffs on both the guitar and the conversation.
Paul McCartney: So what he's doing is Corney, so Corney is fine. But make sure it doesn't make it obsolete when we sing another word. That's why I'm in love for the first time.
After a few months of filming, I only got the unforgettable 80-minute documentary "Let It Be," which was released a year after the Beatles disbanded. A lifelong fan of The Beatles, Peter Jackson was always wondering what happened all the time in the invisible footage.
His Tolkien-like quest took him deep into the Beatles label Apple Corps' London headquarters.
Peter Jackson: They just "get it all. We. I said. There are 57 hours of footage. There are 130 hours of audio. And he said he was thinking of making a documentary using the video. I just raised my hand and said, "If you're looking for someone to make it, don't-just-think-think about me."
Returning to New Zealand, Jackson screened this musical Mother Road frame by frame and began the ultimate glimpse. Any Beatles fan will say "Let It Be" is in sadness. It is forever associated with a major divorce in rock and roll history. Jackson prepared for the pessimistic worst.
Peter Jackson: I was watching, waiting for it to get worse. I've been waiting for the story I believed in for years to begin to happen. I was waiting for a discussion. Waiting for dissatisfaction. Waiting for misery. And you know, it didn't happen. That is, it shows-you know, it shows the problem. There is a problem. But-but any band always has them-has those problems. This is not a disbanded band. These are not people who hate each other. That's not what I'm looking at here. It wasn't taken.
John Lennon: Yeah, but the way I was playing started with F.
This was taken: The four Liverpudlians in their late twenties were surrounded by surprisingly small and tight aides and worked together. There is Linda (at that time Linda Eastman) taking a picture. And of course, Yoko Ono. As long as we are here, let's omit the famous part of the Beatles dissolution myth.
Jon Wertheim: I think casual fans looking for Yoko Ono to disband the Beatles may escape this disappointment.
Giles Martin: Yeah, I think that's a good thing. In other words, Yoko did not disband the Beatles. And-and nothing disbanded the Beatles.
Giles Martin is the late Beatles producer. The son of George Martin. Giles grew up on the Beatles track and has remixed most of the band's albums ever since. When Peter Jackson brought him into the series, Martin cultivated all of the hundreds of hours of audio and video.
Giles Martin: You can see that it's cracked. One thing in this movie is that they understand why people are getting tired of each other. Because you can understand what it was like to be in the room with them. It's a privilege for all of us.
Despite these cracks, the Beatles alchemy remains powerful.
Peter Jackson: At some point, there's some kind of strum footage on the bass that Paul McCartney uses as a guitar for half the time. I think it's early morning and I'm waiting for John to come-I haven't arrived yet.
Peter Jackson: He's been bidding for just a while. He slowly finds the song.
Peter Jackson: So you can see that this song is pulled out of the thin air.
Paul McCartney: I left his home in Tucson, Arizona.
John Lennon: Tucson, Arizona.
Paul McCartney: Yeah. That is where they make "High Chaparral".
Paul McCartney: As I understand. Jojo left home hoping it would explode. Soon he realized that he had to be a lonely person with California grass. And now you see, I think it makes sense, but it doesn't sing well.
The Beatles have always been fiercely productive. But this was a creative process in twice the time: 14 songs in 22 days.
Jon Wertheim: In 1969, there was ridiculous time pressure that looked like it is today.
Giles Martin: Yeah. This is the biggest band on the planet we're trying to do-we're going to have the first show in 3 weeks in 3 weeks. But I don't know where it is. And I don't know which song to play.
Jon Wertheim: What was your impression of the chemistry of all the recordings of this project?
Giles Martin: Paul and John knew a bit that they were falling apart, so Let It Be was like a failed marriage, and they were dating again. I want to go back to.
As a complex matter, George Harrison was restless in his role under Paul McCartney's driving ambitions, with a ferocious momentum to join the band a week later. I'm leaving.
Peter Jackson: This is the most modest walkout I've ever seen in my life. It's just-"I'm leaving now." "What." "I'm leaving the band now." And he goes. There is no conflict, no debate, no disagreement.
John was in love with Yoko, and in his words he was abusing his body.The band was competing for his attention, but it wasn't always successful.
John Lennon: When I was young, when I was much younger than today, I never needed anyone's help. But now my life has changed in so many ways. It is wop-bop-alooma-a-wop-bam-boo.
Paul McCartney: You can't continue this way indefinitely.
John Lennon: That's right.
Paul McCartney: Yes, but I can't. You see, what you need is a serious work program. It is not a purposeless rambling between the canyons of your heart.
Paul sullenly led the band over the singer and became the band's hall monitor. George was persuaded to come back, but as the live performance approached, the Beatles decided that the landscape needed to change. They moved to a temporary studio in the basement of Apple Records.
John Lennon: Digging Charles Hawtrey and Hearing Aid Pygmy. Phase 1 when Doris gets oats.
The surge of fresh energy also happened in the form of keyboard players. I'm Billy Preston, a 22-year-old Texas man brought in by George.
Jon Wertheim: What was Billy Preston's influence on this album and the Beatles at the time?
Giles Martin: This hot shot came and they had this natural power in the room with them, so they suddenly had to improve their playing .. And I think that's what he did. I think he acted as a catalyst and energized them to make records and perform right.
It's a bright scene, which is incompatible with many people at the time, especially the principal himself. But Peter Jackson's "Get Back" series doesn't just restore lost footage and Beatles music. It restores something deeper.
Jon Wertheim: You mentioned memory earlier. Did their memories match this-this documentary document you were presenting to them?
Peter Jackson: Fifty years later, I'm talking to Ringo and Paul. And their memory was very miserable and unhappy. And I said, "Look, what your memory is, what you think your memory is, this is the real truth of it. And here, look-this Look at. "
Peter Jackson: They started to understand-what is this? So this is-an incredibly amazing historical document that the Beatles are working. And four friends are working. And obviously they are four friends.
The looming deadline did not exactly undermine the mood of the studio.
And the live performance that is the culmination of these sessions. The band played on Apple Office on January 30, 1969, just a few steps up the stairs.
No one doubted it at the time, but this shows the Beatles' final performance before it split 14 months later.
It took half a century and strict supervision on the other side of the world (well aware of the power of myth) to correct the folklore surrounding the Beatles' dissolution and correct the record.
Michael H. Created by Gavshon and Nadim Roberts. Broadcast Associate, Elizabeth Germino. Daniel J. Edited by Glucksman.
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