Monday, September 26, 2016

The Beatles; Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years By Ron Howard


                                      The Beatles Movie

                                  The Whole World Lit UP
                                     A Ron Howard Film

I must admit I’m a Beatles fanatic. I bought all their albums, bootlegs, 45’s and DVD’s. I was there watching my heroes on Ed Sullivan and I never looked back. As The Beatles became a marker for us baby boomers. We witnessed the killing of JFK and our colors lost their luster and darker sepia tones emerged to rob us of our sense of safety. The Beatles changed all the rules and came out on top. Ron Howard did it right starting with the early tours in Germany before Beatlemania broke out in America. He included dark passages at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg as well as Lennon’s misstep about religion and the subsequent violence ensued. Kids and parents tossed this precious cargo of music onto bonfires, needlessly destroying the music that could soothe and create even more love. Howard captured the Beatles in their early prime when the put on incredible concerts. Giles Martin (George Martin’s son) did an incredible job restoring the live performances as the original tapes were in bad shape. He also resurrected the Shea Stadium concert tapes with parts from the Hollywood Bowl concert. Giles Martin said, “the response to the movie and Hollywood Bowl album is just amazing, more than I expected. It’s great to see that people are being so emotionally touched by it.”

Howard has worked his magic once again. He took this small independent documentary and made it a masterpiece. This little film is out grossing multimillion dollar studios. Go figure.

There have been no demographic surveys but there have been anecdotal citing’s of adolescent girls who love Paul or Ringo and the other Beatles. Audiences have responded to the part of the film that reveals contract rider specifying that the Beatles would not to segregated audiences. Whoppi Goldberg saw the Beatles in their heyday and thought nothing about race. It was more about music and The Beatles attempt to replicate Motown, rock & roll and rhythm and blues. Howard captures the Beatles during a time of transition that were both political and cultural. They opened up America to all these changes.

The film is not available in certain markets but if you have HULU, you can watch the movie from the comfort of your own home. Check it out!


Bo White

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