5 May 2014
20 August 2013
@klaasvaak, Hi, I moved your post here. I hope you enjoy the rest of the conversation in this thread related to Wonderwall Music. Hopefully someone will have an answer to your question.
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5 May 2014
8 November 2012
I went to the screening and Q&A of Wonderwall last night at the Grammy Museum. Free tickets were given away through George's FB (which is how I got them) and Breakfast with the Beatles, so I suspected that not a lot of tickets were sold. Not surprising, as it's an awful movie, so the less said about that the better (as someone put it, much like Magical Mystery Tour, at some point in the 60s, drugs fueled an attitude that experimentation was more important than narrative).
I was mostly interested in the discussion afterward between the museum's executive director Bob Santelli and journalist David Wild. David talked a little about the film and some themes that appear, such as the use of green, and drew analogies between the main character's obsessiveness and today's internet culture. He also mentioned how the main actor looked like an older version of George, and we all smiled and nodded and recognition (I thought in particular he looks like a cross between an older George and Ringo).
Most of the conversation focused on what George's participation in the project reveals about him as a mysterious subject who continues to fascinate; it's hard to wrap one's head around the fact that he did Electronic Sound and this soundtrack at the time that he was stockpiling songs for his soon-to-come masterpiece All Things Must Pass. Wild shared a couple of stories about meeting George at a Christmas part at Tom Petty's house, during which Wild gave Petty a Beatle-related gift as his Secret Santa, leading George to quip, "Ah, The Fabs. I remember them." He also told us that he was a consultant on Scorsese's documentary, and met him along with Olivia and Dhani at their LA home. Scorsese very first question was, "What's your take on George?" No pressure there. Wild had an interesting theory about how George, having the most normal/healthy childhood, didn't embrace celebrity the way the others had, and moved on more quickly past it. So he was always searching for more, and never stayed stuck in a stage for too long, and one simple example of this was the fact he moved on from playing sitar and didn't really touch it much after the 60s. And as he was explaining this to Scorsese, Dhani jumped in and said, "Yes! That is my dad!"
The Q&A was brief since the movie's on the longish side. I was a bit hesitant to ask my question, as I thought the answer might be obvious. But curiously, it stumped both men. I asked if George was doing the singing/chanting at the end of the film (and apparently the version on the new DVD is different from the original), and they weren't sure. Anyone have insight into this?
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