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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Ron Howard tackles the Beatles
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Film Review  September 9, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...At first a gas for the young moptops, performing live in the face of unchecked Beatlemania eventually caused the band to quit touring and focus on creating studio albums. This film charts the course of how, in short order, the Beatles went from a popular club act in Hamburg and Liverpool to international darlings and everybody wanting to be their baby – now..."

The Beatles
Music Story  December 15, 1995
"...It's so clearly a "work" tape, the type of personal rambling that musicians like to keep under lock and key. And John's vocal is so unsure and vulnerable that using the track for release -- with the three surviving Beatles overdubbing their parts -- seemed a nightmare..."

What's Happening: The Beatles in the USA
The Maysles' cameras document the Beatles' crazy first week in America, from the landing at Idlewild to the Ed Sullivan Show debut and their journey down the East Coast. These...
Film Review  February 10, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Albert And David Maysles. The Maysles' cameras document the Beatles' crazy first week in America, from the landing at Idlewild to the Ed Sullivan Show debut and their journey down the East Coast..."

Ringo Starr’s Still the Greatest
Beatle’s All Starrs jukebox first of two Moody Theater shows
DAILY Music  October 9, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Call it a difference of 20,000 fans. And yet, when the Beatles drummer touched off “Yellow Submarine” halfway through a two-hour set Wednesday night at the Moody Theater, it was equally – and literally – breathtaking...."

Across the Universe
Julie Taymor takes the timelessness of the Beatles' music and yanks it earthward into a minefield of literalism.
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Film Review  September 28, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Carpio. If you aren’t fed up with the literalism of Taymor’s tribute to the music of the Beatles and the zeitgeist of the Sixties by the time a character named Prudence barges into a scene through a bathroom window, then … your threshold for this kind of thing is a lot higher than mine, and you might come away feeling that this film was not a bum trip..."

A Hard Day's Night
This is the kind of timeless artifact that, decades after its making, still hits the senses like a burst of fresh air. Where a pop star like Elvis churned out silly movies with phony plots, props, and pretense, the Beatles launched into movies playing hyperbolic versions of themselves and their lives of newfound celebrity.
Film Review  December 21, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...They can restore film negatives and they can digitally restore the soundtracks – which is what has been done in the case of this 1964 pop relic. Too bad no one's figured out how to restore the Beatles themselves..."

Backbeat
Drugs and sex and rock & roll: rarely has a film captured the equation as vividly as does Backbeat. That's the movie's greatest strength, not the elucidation of the story...
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Film Review  May 6, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...That's the movie's greatest strength, not the elucidation of the story of Stuart Sutcliffe, the first Fifth Beatle. In the history of the Beatles, Sutcliffe is merely a footnote, of interest only to serious fans and trivia buffs (and also anyone trying to decipher all the faces on the Sgt..."

This Is Pop?
Pondering the Beatles' Legacy
Music Story  August 11, 1995
"...by Mindy LaBernz The Beatles vs. the Stones? How absolutely ludicrous, I thought, flipping through my new music primer, The Austin Chronicle..."

The Hours and Times
Imagine... In April of 1963, a few months before full-scale Beatlemania seized the world, John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein went together to Barcelona for a four-day holiday. Fact....
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Film Review  August 7, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Imagine... In April of 1963, a few months before full-scale Beatlemania seized the world, John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein went together to Barcelona for a four-day holiday..."

Nowhere Boy
This movie about John Lennon's young-adult years showcases the importance of the importance of both his mother and aunt in his life.
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Film Review  October 15, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Before John Lennon emerged as an adult Beatle who went on to pen tunes such as "Nowhere Man," the lad was a Fifties teen with parentage issues – a real "nowhere boy," as this movie would have it. As with most aspects of Beatles arcana, the subject of Lennon's tangled upbringing has been turned over by scholars, psychologists, and merchandisers throughout the decades..."

Playback: James Petralli's Constant Bop
Has White Denim become Bop English? Which festival might relocate to the new superstage at Circuit of the Americas? Is LBJ turning over in eternity over the Beatles exhibit at his library? That and other Q&As in this week's music news.
Music Column  June 11, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Lyndon B. Johnson never showed much interest in the Beatles, famously vetoing his daughter's pleas to invite them to the White House..."

Lovely Freda Responds Discreetly
The Beatles' longtime secretary takes center stage
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Austin Chronicle: Going into this, did you think the film would be more about the Beatles or more about Freda? Was getting the right balance difficult?..."

Backbeat to the Music
Pete Best at Threadgill's.
DAILY Music  July 2, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...“Upload this to YouTube so we can watch it!” One of Pete Best’s men in black called to the cadre of camcorders in the audience in the Threadgill’s garden on a sticky June night. The greybeards and scraggly ponytailed ones nodded back agreeably at the guitarist as the band slid into “Till There Was You.” “Why aren’t there more people here? He was a Beatle!” KGSR program director Jody Denberg and I muttered to each other as the band ably shifted into “Rock & Roll Music.” The old hippies in the crowd were game enough and when the Pete Best Band struck up “Twist and Shout,” the audience did just that. If you’re not a fan of the early Beatles, it helps to know that like most of the early Sixties bands, they were a largely a jukebox band..."

Snapshot: ACL Artists Pick Their Favorite Paul McCartney Songs
Because you either like the Beatles, or you haven't listened to enough of the Beatles
Arts Column  October 18, 2018, by David Brendan Hall
"...Everyone likes the Beatles, right?..."

It Was 20 Years Ago Today
The Eggmen celebrate two decades of holding hands
DAILY Music  October 23, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...“Somewhat” is putting it mildly. Austin's Fab Five celebrates 20 years as Texas’ premiere Beatles tribute band by playing for City Council on Nov..."

Rock Ampersand Roll
Elijah Wald's alternative history turns out to be the best rock book of the year
DAILY Music  December 22, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...It’s been a while since a book lingered long after I’d shut its cover, but Elijah Wald’s How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music (Oxford University Press) really got under my skin and became my best book of 2010...."

Yellow Submarine
Sixties' psychedelia in which the Beatles must fight the Blue Meanies, who have invaded Pepperland. Visually inventive cartoon is complemented by clever, whimsical narration and 11 songs from the Beatles,...
Film Review  January 27, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: George Dunning. Starring: Beatles, Paul Angelis and Peter Batten..."

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
The scruffy, seminal punk band that put the Bop in the Blitzkrieg is given its due in this treasure-laden doc.
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Film Review  October 22, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...On the other hand, three of the four original members have passed away in the last three years, two to cancer and one (predictably, it was Dee Dee) from a heroin OD, which renders this celebration of the Ramones also something of a wake, albeit one with enough undiluted Lower East Side energy to power a thousand Marshall amps for millennia. Which brings us back to the mystery of how, in 1974, four scruffy Forest Hills ne’er-do-wells who were obsessed with Iggy Pop and the Stooges could coalesce and mutate into the single most influential rock & roll band since the Beatles and manage to stick it out for nearly a quarter-century come hell, high water, and more personality crises than the New York Dolls..."

Chapter 27
Jared Leto gains weight and lets it all hang out as John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in this fictionalized account of what occurred at the Dakota.
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Film Review  April 25, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...As brilliant as Robert De Niro is, he’ll always have to answer for the fact that it was his performance in Raging Bull that put the idea into actors’ heads that psychological verisimilitude could be attained through simple weight gain. Leto is only the latest in a long line of pretenders to pack on the pounds in an effort to convince viewers of his dedication to a role, in this case Mark David Chapman, the obsessive Beatles fan who shot and killed John Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City in December 1980..."

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Taking cues from Ray and Walk the Line, this comedy biopic spans 70 years in the life of its hero, the fictional music legend Dewey Cox.
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Film Review  December 21, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...The story follows a rise-fall-and-rise-again structure as Dewey meets the love of his life (Fischer), develops multiple drug addictions, loses his love, finds her again, and along the way falls prey to every generational music trend in the book. Whether traveling to India with the Beatles, writing protest songs, or hosting a variety show, Dewey manages to enact all the rock & roll clichés..."

Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Profile of L.A. radio deejay Rodney Bingenheimer, perpetual handmaiden to rock & roll royalty.
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Film Review  April 30, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...After all, as George Hickenlooper’s immensely engrossing documentary reveals over and over, the diminutive, shy, pageboy-banged gnome of late-night L.A. introduced the city – and by extension, the country – to future icons David Bowie, the Beatles, the entire glam movement, the entire punk movement, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Blondie, Oasis, Coldplay, and almost any other band you can think of that matters..."

Love Don't Cost a Thing
A nerdy high school student pays a cheerleader to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to appear cool.
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Film Review  December 19, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The new movie’s not awful, it does its job but there’s little more to say about it than that. The plot remains essentially the same, except the film title substitutes the name of a J.Lo song for the original’s Beatles song title..."

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
This new anime import marks a break with the Japanese traditions and invents a wholly original and kittenish appeal.
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Film Review  September 26, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...The most interesting aspect of Tamala, however, is the animation. Nearly all black and white, with occasional forays into spot color and neon weirdness, the simplistic, cartoonish renderings of the main characters recall both the Fleischer brothers and very early Walt Disney, as well as an unhealthy dose of Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat in the film’s flip, very adult tone, and even the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine..."

Adrenaline Drive
So much of what passes for American pop culture in the movies these days -- from the work of Quentin Tarantino and his million-and-one knockoffs to the manic comic roustabouts...
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Film Review  July 7, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Above all, Yaguchi seems to be making a statement on the transformative power of those fabled metallic bags o' cash. The Beatles got it wrong: It isn't love you need, it's the simoleons, baby...."

Michael
Travolta plays an unkempt, beer-swilling, Beatles-quoting angel who – yes – also dances.
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Film Review  December 27, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...(Angels, he explains, are only allowed 26 visits, a curious and unexplained fact that is an example of the kind of extraneous detail that the movie allows us too much free time to explore.) Michael's hook is that he is not a stereotypical angel. He is an earthy figure who is an unkempt, beer-swilling, Beatles-quoting skirt-chaser..."

The Prophecy
A theological film noir with Walken in a shaggy black Beatles mop-top is the best way to describe The Prophecy. When an NYPD detective with the doubtful name of Thomas...
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Film Review  September 8, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Virginia Madsen and Amanda Plummer. A theological film noir with Walken in a shaggy black Beatles mop-top is the best way to describe The Prophecy..."

The Short Films of Jane Campion
These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.They include “Peel,”...
Film Review  July 15, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Jane Campion. These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.They include “Peel,” a 9-minute film about a red-haired family; “A Girl's Own Story,” which is about the Beatles, the Sixties, and growing up; “Passionless Moments,” a series of wry vignettes; and “After Hours,” a short drama about sexual harassment in the office..."

Painted Faces
It's 1962, and a young boy is entering the mysterious, exotic world of Master Yu's Peking Opera Academy. Bound by a contract where he is little more than an indentured...
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Film Review  August 6, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...It's all too easy, sometimes, to equate modern Hong Kong cinema with bloody John Woo shoot-em-ups or Tsui Hark's vibrant, violent kung fu spectacles; Painted Faces owes more to Truffaut's early explorations of school-age boys and their trials -- The 400 Blows in Cantonese? Not exactly, but the stretch is hardly as ridiculous as it might sound. Law's film also picks up on the mid-Sixties “Westernization” of Hong Kong society, with the boys becoming enamored of the Beatles and Teddy Boy fashions, bell-bottoms and all..."

Heart Gently Weeps
All things must pass: Dhani Harrison and Thenewno2
DAILY Music  October 30, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Dhani Harrison didn’t just help create The Beatles: Rock Band. He lived it..."

In Defense of Paul McCartney
Milquetoast Balladeer or Songwriting Stud?
Music Story  December 15, 1995
"..."After all, the Beatles were John's group. He was the band leader and the one who coined the name." -- Yoko Ono, 11/13/95..."

The Beatles
Music Review  October 2, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The Beatles(Capitol/EMI) The Beatles in Mono(EMI)..."

Take Me to the River
Rock & Roll Books
Books Story  December 29, 2000, by Stuart Wade
"...The Beatles Anthologyby the Beatles..."

Rutle to the Core
Neil Innes Exposes His Nasty Side
Music Story  November 15, 1996, by Ken Lieck
"...Alright, that's not Ron Nasty speaking at all; it's Neil Innes, veteran of British rock and comedy, who played the part of Nasty -- the John Lennon character -- in the Beatles parody film All You Need Is Cash. And the real reason he gives for the Rutles' long absence is that, "It was funny in 1978 to pretend that there wasn't a Beatles," but since Lennon's tragic murder in December 1980, that hasn't been the case...."

Denny Laine Saves the World
British Invasion pioneer played it, sang it, saw it all
DAILY Music  April 26, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I joined the Moody Blues because they wanted to go to Germany first. Two of the guys had been out there working in the same clubs as the Beatles..."

The Beatles: The Biography / With the Beatles / The Beatles: 365 Days
Gift guide
Music Review  December 2, 2005, by Greg Beets
"...The Beatles: The Biography..."

Page Two: And It Was All Right
Notes on a life saved by rock & roll
Columns  October 9, 2009, by Louis Black
"...The Beatles are again everywhere, again jump-starting the culture, again offering joy and attacking complacency while defying all expectations. Here is legendary producer Bob Johnston reminiscing about touring England with Bob Dylan & the Hawks and then remembering when the Beatles and Dylan met...."

Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine
Were the Beatles reissues the last albums of our time?
Music Story  January 1, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I'd put in a call the night before. Growing up, I hooked my star to the Rolling Stones and my best friend Steve became a Beatles scholar..."

Letters at 3AM
At the crest of Beatlemania, 18 and hungry for life was some kind of way to be
Columns  July 3, 2009, by Michael Ventura
"...Even on that ferry to Riker's Island prison. Unembarrassed, childishly happy, the song tinkled from a plastic AM radio the size of a lunch box, as though four wee Beatles trilled in a tin can..."

Roger's Right Hand
The Byrds' Legacy
Music Story  June 27, 1997, by Tim Stegall
"...It isn't an issue anymore. The Byrds are surely certain to endure without any ferocious special pleading from me." Thus began an essay included in the 4-CD Byrds box set issued by Columbia in 1990. That the words were inscribed by Derek Taylor, a name known mostly to pop historians for his driving role in the press offices of both the Beatles and the Byrds, lends them added authority..."

The Beatles
Gift guide
Music Story  December 10, 2004, by Jim Caligiuri
"...The BeatlesThe Capitol Albums Vol. 1 (Capitol)..."

Stories That Tell Themselves
In town for the Texas Documentary Tour, Albert Maysles -- the man behind such famous documentaries as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens -- talks about his fierce philosophy of direct cinema.
Screens Story  February 11, 2000, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Maysles is bringing two of his early films to the Alamo Drafthouse this Wednesday, February 16, as part of the Austin Film Society's ongoing Texas Documentary Tour: What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA (1964), a "fly-on-the-wall-with-a-hand-held-camera's look at the Fab Four's first American tour" (and a foreshadowing of colleague D.A. Pennebaker's Dylan treatment in Don't Look Back), and Meet Marlon Brando (1965), the Maysles Brothers' riff on a Brando riff with the press during a film promotion..."

Shouting Across the Void
Jeff Tweedy in mono
DAILY Music  October 1, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin Chronicle: I've spent a lot of time with the Beatles remasters. Have you been swept up in the re-Beatlemania?..."

The Year That Slipped Away
The 6,000 Albums of 1995
Music Story  January 5, 1996
"...What I did find during that frantic search, however - there on the inside cover of a Chronicle - was a full page ad for new albums by the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Side-by-side were pictures of the Liverpool four and the quartet of remaining Stones, plugging their respective new releases; the Beatles' Anthology 1 and the Stones' Stripped. I laughed..."

Scanlines
Arts Story  September 22, 1995
"...When I was 11 years old, I stumbled upon the Beatles' world-stopping appearance in New York for the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and I did everything - screamed outside their hotel along with the throngs, snuck inside their suite, scoured the city hoping to score tickets to the show - even though I wasn't born 'til after the Beatles split up (a sad fact which was broken to me by my mother soon after she told me there was no Santa Claus). I just happened to catch a television broadcast of I Wanna Hold Your Hand, a movie that has more to do with the phenomenon of Beatlemania than it does the Beatles - and now that Vulcan is carrying this often-overlooked film, you can catch the mania, too...."

Paul McCartney Wings It to the Frank Erwin Center
Beatle set for a May 22 date on Red River
DAILY Music  April 4, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Staging one of two remaining Beatles on Red River won't be much different – huge demand and a relatively paltry amount of tickets. Thankfully, I have no stake in this race..."

The Sound and the Fury
David Chase on the Sixties rock that inspired 'Not Fade Away'
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin Chronicle: Given the title of your film and its throughline, plus your use of their music in The Sopranos, is it safe to say you were more of a Stones guy than a Beatles man in rock & roll's existential Beatles vs. Stones debate?..."

Grupo Fantasma’s Quinceañera
And you thought you had Problemas
DAILY Music  October 29, 2015, by Thomas Fawcett
"...AC: There’s a cover of the Beatles’ “Because” on the new album. It sounds very natural as a Spanish ballad with lots of layered vocals and harmonies..."

That’s So Cool: Celebrating Bob Johnston
The late producer’s staggering output somehow excluded his own renown
DAILY Music  August 20, 2015, by Louis Black
"...The stories poured out of him like automatic weapon fire. On Dylan and the Beatles:..."

50 Years of the Beatles
SXSW panel reviews
Music Story  March 15, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...50 Years of the BeatlesAustin Convention Center, Thursday, March 14..."

Hot for Teacher
History's sexy at UT Informal Classes
Music Story  September 21, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"..."[I] was wondering if you would be interested in teaching a class on the history of Austin music ..." How the Beatles Destroyed Rock & Roll..."

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