NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: The Beatles a the Negresco Hotel on June 30, 1965 in Nice, France. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Peter Jackson, known for directing the “Lord of the Rings”, is set to release his own version of the 55 hours of never-released footage from the Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions. It wasn’t the best time for the group because tensions were brewing and each one of them was ready to explode any minute.
However, this is the only known video that documented their work inside the studio. Others were mostly recorded during concerts and interviews.
“The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.” – Peter Jackson
As to be expected, there is drama. But more than the fighting, it’s still something even non-Beatles fans will want to watch. Why? First off, because Let It Be has been out of circulation – it was released on VHS but the planned DVD form never came to fruition. And Beatles being one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of all time, that makes it more special.
Second, we’ve all heard about what happened during these sessions which Paul McCartney accurately referred to as “hell… the most miserable sessions on earth.” That would be a way to describe it. McCartney criticized George Harrison so much that the latter ended up walking out.
Third, the rooftop concert is a real gem. It’s truly one of the most iconic moments in music history. And getting to see that is like reliving the Beatlemania era all over again. It wasn’t the best way to go but we wouldn’t have it any other way. The Beatles truly knew what we never thought we wanted.
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.” – Peter Jackson
There’s still no title for this documentary film and no release date too. But we’re pretty sure everyone’s already looking forward to it.
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