The Beatles: Get back
|Format:||Print Book 2021|
|Availability:||Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 15 copies|
The book opens in January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles' last year as a band. The Beatles ( The White Album ) is at number one in the charts and the foursome gather in London for a new project. 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 and conversations, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, culminating in their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own office building, bringing central London to a halt.
The Beatles: Get Back tells the story of those sessions through transcripts of the band's candid conversations. Drawing on over 120 hours of sound recordings, leading music writer John Harris edits the richly captivating text to give us a fly-on-the-wall experience of being there in the studios. These sessions come vividly to life through hundreds of unpublished, extraordinary images by two photographers who had special access to their sessions-Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later). Also included are many unseen high-resolution film-frames, selected from the 55 hours of restored footage from which Peter Jackson's documentary is also drawn.
Legend has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart. However, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction, "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." Half a century after their final performance, this book completes the story of the creative genius, timeless music, and inspiring legacy of The Beatles.
"It would be fair to say that today Let It Be symbolizes the breaking-up of The Beatles. That's the mythology, the truth is somewhat different. The real story of Let It Be has been locked in the vaults of Apple Corps for the last 50 years." - Peter Jackson
ContentsForeword / Peter Jackson
Introduction. All you need / Hanif Kureishi
Act one: Twickenham Film Studios
Act two: Apple Studios
Act three: The rooftop
Afterword. What happened next / John Harris.
Beatles. -- Let it be.
Beatles -- Pictorial works.
Rock groups -- England -- Pictorial works.
Rock music -- England -- 1961-1970 -- Pictorial works.
|Publisher|| London : New York :Apple ;2021
|Other Titles|| Beatles: Get back (Television program)
Russell, Ethan A.,
McCartney, Linda, photographer.
Jackson, Peter, 1961- writer of foreword.
Kureishi, Hanif, writer of introduction.
Harris, John, 1969- editor.
"The band's authorised account, in their own words, of the creation of the 1970 album Let it be"--Cover wrapper.
"The text primarily consists of conversations between the Beatles and their associates that took place during the Get back sessions throughout 1969. These have been carefully transcribed and edited from the original Nagra sound recordings"--Title page verso.
Tie-in to the three-part Disney+ documentary series of the same name, directed and produced by Peter Jackson.
238 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm