The Beatles Live project strays from path

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  1. LonglivetheBeatles says:

    I couldn't agree more, us original fans have seen all the so called documentaries, we don't need any more !!! WE WANT PERFORMANCES !!! And not with voice overs , WHEN WILL SOMEONE FINALLY EVER GET IT ……..

  2. David B says:

    I so agree, thank you!

  3. Bruce says:

    I agree. After reading Chuck Gunderson's book Some Fun Tonight I really wanted to browse through videos of the Beatles live performances. Unfortunately there wasn't an easy way to do it. t'm a Beatles fan and a SW developer so I wrote an app (free, iPhone) that lets you browse through Beatles YouTube videos of their live performances. Its organized by year and tour. Check it out. Very cool


  4. Pancho says:

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  5. SixtiesGuy says:

    I totally agree with you…provided this is in fact what has happened. What are you basing your comments on?

  6. wogew says:

    I'm basing my comments purely on hearsay, as I have no description of the film at this stage of the production at all. It was screened to a selected audience in Pasadena this week, but they probably had to sign a paper about not talking about it. I'm just worried that the project has gotten off track, and this is my meagre contribution to try and steer it back.

  7. Elliott Marx says:

    I think it is best to present a film that would be exciting and watched by all audiences, and this would be a documentary about those years in general. Unaltered live clips can serve as bonus features or be uploaded to a streaming site.

    The main factor of why The Beatles stop touring (or at least the main story we tell) is that the recorded music started to get too complex to recreate on stage. I feel that a film audience then needs to hear that complicated music and it should be explained how, exactly they got from Love Me DO to Tomorrow Never Knows. Without that, it is too unsatisfying to say they stopped touring because the technology wasn't available to do so.

    Other reasons to stop touring was the introspective nature of LSD; the security concerns raised after John's religious comments; marriage; and George's blossoming spirituality and interest in India.

    Without telling these stories you have a woefully incomplete narrative. I believe the film will be framed around touring, but will need to show why touring came to an end.

  8. wogew says:

    By all means, I am not suggesting that we should get the hard core fan film which would just include concert footage in chronological order (although that would make great bonus material on a DVD boxed set), I'm all for making this a film for the general audience, but I want it to focus on The Beatles as a live band. And I still think that focusing on this will make for a great viewing experience.
    Ron Howard in Rolling Stone back in 2014:
    "We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We'll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we've also been finding the original recordings," explains Howard. "We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."

    The film will also explore the "multigenerational quality" of Beatles fandom, according to Howard. "I hope we find some of that in the footage," he says. "We may have a shot of a boy or a girl very early in their life at a concert, and then we may be able to find them today and talk to them, and talk to their grandchildren and see what their relationship is with the Beatles, and understand how multiple generations find tremendous value and relevance in their music."

  9. Martin says:

    I hope this now doesn't turn into yet another 'documentary' hijacked by Tinsletown celebrities. With the likes of Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman yacking on about their Beatles 'experience' for the umpteenth time…

    I agree that there really should be a definitive Beatles live film/DVD out there. Like Led Zeppelin's much lauded DVD set and Ladies and Gentlemen The Rolling Stones. Shme Howard's film only focuses on the US side of things. Because the Paris gigs and even some Aussie and Dutch footage with dear Jimmy Nicol would have been great. Any document of the Fabs live history has to surely have footage of them with Jimmy?

  10. Shad Radna says:

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  11. Shad Radna says:

    [Take Two…] It's easy to forget – especially if you weren't there – that The Beatles were a working, touring band up to '66. (Because it's easy to be fooled by all those LPs into thinking that they must have had a lot of time on their hands.) I for one wasn't there – they split up when they heard I was coming. For a kid born in 2005, say, Beatlemania is as far in the past as the Wall Street Crash was for me. Very few kids of that age are going to look at some (mostly) ropey footage of The Beatles playing live and get excited. They're going to need some context. I don't know what this film's like but it must be possible through the magic of cinema to tell the story of a band who got up on stage a lot and plugged in their instruments and actually played them and sang songs they'd written – the story of four charismatic musicians – and make it convey the excitement of being there. I mean, I doubt this film will do that, but it must be possible.

  12. T-Bird says:

    I for one will be happy with whatever they do. The Dylan and George Bio's were excellent so having people associated with these two Bio's means that we (fans) are in good hands.

    As for the question 'could they play live'?

    I will answer the question with this sample of three back to back crown-jewel improvisations that they pulled out of thin air on the morning on January 6, 1969. Remember, they re sitting on chairs on the drafty Twickenham sound stage, and entertaining themselves with KILLER music such as this. CHEERS, Ben Levi-Marks.

    PS: Your blog is the BOMB!!!!

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