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31 July 2013
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Article on Tony Palmer, who's just had some of his documentaries released on DVD, including "All You Need Is Love: The Beatles."

[x-posted to the news thread]

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27 August 2013
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I discovered that Strange Fruit, the documentary on Apple, is free to view if you have Amazon Prime (I don't know if that applies outside the US). The cheesy cover scared me away previously, but it turns out it's a great film. It covers Jackie Lomax, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, Billy Preston among others, and it touches on John's political activism since that was inevitably tied to the artists he got signed with Apple. Tony Bramwell's among the people they interviewed. Definitely worth a viewing.

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27 August 2013
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Whats Amazon Prime?

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27 August 2013
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^^ I guess it's specific to the US. It's an optional paid service through Amazon to get "free" 2-day shipping on most orders. They also have a version for students at a discount, which is what I have. Recently, they made thousands of movies available free for Prime members to stream.

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28 August 2013
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Amazon Prime is available in the UK, too, though I've never really looked into what it was.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

29 August 2013
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If anyone's interested, I'd made some screencaps while watching the documentary:

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10 September 2013
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Disappointing review at The Examiner of the documentary “Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles and The UK Counter Culture."

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10 September 2013
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Disappointing review at The Examiner of the documentary “Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles and The UK Counter Culture."

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That review certainly puts me off and a good thing too due to everything else that's coming out.

 

So Barry Miles has heard CoL, couldn't he have sneaked a copy out? Surely with technology as it is someone high up and in with the crowd can ask for a listen, record it and then deny everything. Even lead a trail of breadcrumbs to Pauls door to divert attention. Where is the person who got Revolution Take 20 RM1?

Whatever happened to the days when folks were slipping material out of EMI, taking a copy, passing it on and then returning the original to the vaults?a-hard-days-night-george-10

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10 September 2013
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Ah, that's a shame. I was quite looking forward to watching that. Don't think I'll bother now. Still, least that'll save me some money.

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11 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said

That review certainly puts me off and a good thing too due to everything else that's coming out.

 

 Yeah, I think I'm going to cancel my pre-order.

 

So Barry Miles has heard CoL, couldn't he have sneaked a copy out? Surely with technology as it is someone high up and in with the crowd can ask for a listen, record it and then deny everything. Even lead a trail of breadcrumbs to Pauls door to divert attention. Where is the person who got Revolution Take 20 RM1?

Whatever happened to the days when folks were slipping material out of EMI, taking a copy, passing it on and then returning the original to the vaults?a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

Too bad the people at that rave didn't know a new Beatles song was going to be played. Maybe someone would have brought a tape recorder. Where's a time machine when you need one?

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11 September 2013
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There's a question. If you had one trip in a time machine would you go listen to Carnival Of Light if you knew otherwise you'd never hear it or do something else (there is a thread on time machine trips)? I'd still go to Hamburg and see John, Paul, George and Ringo at their most rocking - probably one of the nights when Ringo took over from Pete as the shows were longer and more riotous. Hours of musical delight and seeing the band in their full might far outweighs the 17 minutes of a weird recording.

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11 September 2013
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Oh, right, somehow I'd managed to forget about the time machine thread. Nah, I'd stick with being a photographer for Mad Day Out. I got the scenario all worked out should a DeLorean ever become available. And nothing I've read about CoL from Lewisohn, Miles or MacDonald compels me to change my mind.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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26 September 2013
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Just came across this; All Our Yesterday's, preordered straightaway seems pretty good, 480 minutes of pure Beatle entertainment can't go wrong. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Ou.....eatles+DVD

26 September 2013
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Thanks for the tip about Strange Fruit. I've seen it listed but for some reason thought it was one of those cheap knock-off documentaries.

Another one I would recommend is Wingspan. I know some people aren't crazy about it, and I do agree that the Paul and Mary interview portion couldn't delved into more, but if you're a Paul/Wings fan, the rare footage is great.

29 September 2013
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Disappointing review at The Examiner of the documentary “Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles and The UK Counter Culture."

 

So, I tried to cancel my pre-order, but the cancellation didn't go through for some reason. And I got this in the mail and watched it today. And it's a good thing I got it because I loved it.  It does what the title says - it goes deeply into an examination of the rise and fall of the British underground and psychedelic movements and lays the foundation for its influences on The Beatles as artists. It discusses the cultural revolution that led to Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Carnival Of Light and Revolution No. 9. The first half is more about the International Times than The Beatles, but I think that's to be expected. And I thought the panel was amazing - people like Barry Miles, of course, but also people who were instrumental in the UK underground movement like John Hopkins. And there's insightful commentary from one of the writers at Mojo. There's some footage of John at the 14-hour Technicolor party I hadn't seen before. There are a couple of funny stories too - like Paul dressing up as a sheik for the IT launch party, and fooling no one.

It's also of interest if you're a Pink Floyd fan, btw - they probably should have exploited that more in the marketing because there's quite a bit of early footage of them in the film. Also, one of the extras is a short feature comparing the US to the UK movements that I found interesting.

I wasn't at all disappointed. I don't know what the Examiner reviewer's problem is, unless he was hoping for wall-to-wall Paul. I think it was money well spent. A happy accident not cancelling that order.

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25 October 2013
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Amazon Prime is very good for some beatles related docs. Strange Fruit was great! I also enjoyed the 4 part series 'composing the beatles songbook' & 'composing outside the beatles'. GREAT docs!

 

 

12 February 2014
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Jewish Business News interview with Albert Maysles. Hilariously, they manage to spell his last name three different ways in the same article.

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23 February 2014
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From a January Elvis Examiner article:

The Beatles and Elvis Presley, arguably the most documented musical acts in history, had a rare undocumented night when they met each other face to face for the one and only time. Since no one thought to take pictures or video of the infamous meeting, eyewitness accounts from the people who were there at Presley's house in Los Angeles on August 27, 1965 all seem to differ. Even The Beatles, when interviewed for The Beatles Anthology documentary, couldn't agree on what happened.

But now, one of Elvis' right-hand men and best man at his wedding, Joe Esposito, wants to set the record straight in the new documentary "One Day Two Legends" which attempts to put a cohesive story together about what actually happened the one and only night when The King of Rock and Roll met The Fab Four.

More at the link. [x-posted at the news thread]

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21 March 2014
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But what about these documentaries? Has anyone seen any of them? Are they good? Apparently the First U.S. Visit is one of the best ones. What do you all think?

I really like the 'First U.S. Visit' DVD. It was interesting seeing some footage between their shows. What was really interesting is how much George was so funny and was really open in the early days. 

I've recently gotten (bought the compleat beatles - two copies accidentally - if anyone wants my extra contact me.  Anyway, the compleat beatles is real good but left me wanting more (84 minute run time, something around there).

I've rented two - Beatles, the Journey - which has fascinating interviews with Mark David Chapman, as well as some good info about George & Olivia's stabbing incident.  And some other stuff too - its worth renting but not buying imo. 

I'm about to watch Beatles:  From Liverpool to San Francisco. I'll let you guys know how it is.  I suspect it might be worth renting but not buying.

Edit:  I've got The First US Visit coming too.

I have a couple more coming in the mail as we speak.  I'll review the ones I haven't seen in a future post.  Oh, I heartily recomment Netflix, if it's available to you.  Several Beatles documentaries, some rather obscure, but even the obscure ones usually have at least a few bits of otherwise unavailable interview or footage. And other music related stuff too, concerts, documentaries...

 

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Cinefamily in Los Angeles is sponsoring a tribute to documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles this weekend. Unfortunately, I probably won't make it, as one event is at the same time as the Hard Day's Night screening in Hollywood and the other is members only. But here are the details:

 

Maysles Tribute Weekend:

MAYSLES RARITIES & EPHEMERA

(Albert Maysles in person!)

Saturday, April 12th | 7pm

"When Jean-Luc Godard calls you 'the best American cameraman,' as he did of Albert [Maysles], you know you're onto something." - Martin Schneider, Dangerous Minds

"When you first meet a subject, if your gaze is an empathetic one, you're all set." - Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles in person for a career-spanning Q&A! Today, viewing works of the pioneering duo Albert and David Maysles - in the age of reality TV, Snapchat and so many other forms of readily available documentation - is a liberating, emotional experience. They were two of the first filmmakers to bring feature-length non-fiction movies to the screen, with the triumph and tragedy of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter, the zany eccentricity of Grey Gardens, and the quiet human zoo of Salesman. And, their uncompromising "Direct Cinema" approach to capturing life as close to "real" as possible, without scripts, pre-planned scenarios or narration (in response to the French cinema vérité movement) spawned generations of worshipful followers. These keen observers of life's rich pageant remain some of Cinefamily's most absolute favorite film artists - and tonight we pay tribute with a selection of extremely rare, knockout Maysles shorts from the vaults, including Meet Marlon Brando (a shockingly hilarious 1965 account of Brando's attention-wandering time spent on the press junket circuit) and Experiment On 114th Street (a gritty time capsule of a NYC ghetto block undergoing rehabilitation.)

 

Maysles Tribute/Members-Only:

WHAT'S HAPPENING! THE BEATLES IN THE U.S.A.

(50th Anniversary, Albert Maysles in person!)

Sunday, April 13th | 7:30pm

Albert Maysles in person! The most seismic events in modern American life can be traced back to single culture-altering calendar days of the Sixties: the day Man landed on the moon, the day JFK was shot, the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered "I Have A Dream" -- and the day the Beatles first touched down on U.S. soil, ostensibly to play on The Ed Sullivan Show, but really to open the floodgates on our permanent obsession with all things boppin' and British. Fifty years ago, on 2/7/64, the Beatles arrived in New York City -- and lucky for fans of all ages, documentarians extraordinare Albert and David Maysles (the incredible minds behind Grey Gardens) were there to capture all the wonderful clowning, anticipation and frenzy surrounding their whirlwind five-day visit. From the crazed airport reception to unguarded moments inside the Plaza Hotel (including a brief glimpse of Lennon messing about with a proto version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" on a melodica), What's Happening! vaults over remaining a mere historical document to becoming a highly insightful prime example of the Maysles' ability to capture candid gold anywhere they went.

Dir. Albert & David Maysles, 1964, digital presentation, 81 min.

 

[x-posted to the news thread]

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