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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...by Mindy LaBernz The Beatles vs. the Stones? How absolutely ludicrous, I thought, flipping through my new music primer, The Austin Chronicle..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Lyndon B. Johnson never showed much interest in the Beatles, famously vetoing his daughter's pleas to invite them to the White House..."
"...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?..."
"...“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..."
"...“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..."
"...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...."
"...Directed by: George Dunning. Starring: Beatles, Paul Angelis and Peter Batten..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...(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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Dhani Harrison didn’t just help create The Beatles: Rock Band. He lived it..."
"..."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(Capitol/EMI) The Beatles in Mono(EMI)..."
"...The Beatles Anthologyby the Beatles..."
"...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...."
"...The Beatles: The Biography..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 BeatlesThe Capitol Albums Vol. 1 (Capitol)..."
"...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..."
"...Austin Chronicle: I've spent a lot of time with the Beatles remasters. Have you been swept up in the re-Beatlemania?..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...The stories poured out of him like automatic weapon fire. On Dylan and the Beatles:..."
"...50 Years of the BeatlesAustin Convention Center, Thursday, March 14..."
"..."[I] was wondering if you would be interested in teaching a class on the history of Austin music ..." How the Beatles Destroyed Rock & Roll..."
"..."I was doing a college radio show, and we could play whatever we wanted," Scheinfeld recalls of Oberlin College in the early 1970s. "I came across Pandemonium Shadow Show, and there's a track called 'You Can't Do That.' I thought, 'Oh some bad Beatles cover guy wove together the titles of a bunch of Beatles songs.' But wow..."
"...How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Musicby Elijah Wald Oxford University Press, 336 pp., $24.95..."