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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Magical Mystery Tour  Reply with quote

Saturday night see's a two part Arena presentation.Pt 1 is a doc about the making of MMT while Pt 2 is a screening of a restored version of the film.Including never before seen footage of the making it should be unmissable for Beatles obsessives and general music fans alike.Haven't yet seen all of MMT-just clips in which the band look completly shit-faced while having a riotious sing song on the bus,so looking forward to finally viewing it in its entirity.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judex! I can't thank you enough, matey! I was aware that a remastered version of the movie was being released this month, but I had no idea about the BBC documentaries. Thanks! Something to look forward to!

By the way (and this is coming from a Beatles-freak)... don't hold your breath re; the film. Despite the history revisionists who're trying to re-brand this movie a classic (it was panned by critics at the time), it's a dud, mate. It's the sort of non-sensical stuff you'd expect to come from very famous people who had enough power, money and influence to do what the hell they wanted without any one stopping them, or informing them that it was actually a really crap idea.
My review?... Leave the music in and take out all the so-called 'dramatic' bits in-between; That way, you've got a very entertaining Beatles Pop-video compilation. As Macca has said, where else would you get to see The Beatles perform 'I Am the Walrus' on film?

Thanks again, Judex!
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AH-Glad to be of service-it was being promted quite heavily on BBC but though Id flag it up in case any Beatles anoracs werent aware of it. The preceding documentary was a little dissapointing as much of it was taken up with social history of the time,setting the scene etc. as tends to be the case.Indeed what went on behind the scenes during the making of MMT didnt seem that rivetting either.

On the film-reading your comments now after watching it couldnt agree more.Actually turned over at various points to watch MOTD such was my lack of patience with it.Likes of Martin Scorcese and Paul Merton were waxing lyrical but as you say theres almost nothing worthy of discussion here(aside from the music seqences that have been used as promotional videos on MTV etc).Frankly I'd prefer to watch "Fun in Alcopoco"or "Clambake."
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. There was no interesting back-story to the film worthy of mention in that documentary - although I do wonder whether we're being short-changed? Maybe there were some interesting tid-bits, but the BBC decided to screen a fawning, arse-licking retrospective instead (on the orders of The Beatles and/or Apple Corps perhaps?... Ringo and Paul took part in the documentary possibly suggesting that the BBC were required to play it nicely?)

I think there's scope for a documentary about The Beatles during that period (1965-1969) when they were introduced to drugs and then began to explore the avant-garde and visited the Indica Book shop and gallery, when Macca was turned on to Stockhausen, tape-loops, when the band were opened up to the Beat-poets such as Ginsberg, began to read books by Leary etc that came to the fore in songs such as 'Tomorrow Never Knows', John's 'anti-Christ' statement (based on a book he was reading), his work with Yoko, Paul's involvement with the underground newspaper (was it 'International Times'?), his seat on the board of Monterey Pop Festival (famously insisted that the then unheard of Jimi Hendrix be included), Paul's then-controversial LSD comments on the mainstream news, their work with Peter Blake and other artists, George's Indian mysticism, their dabblings with the Maharishi... the list is endless.

There was vintage footage in that documentary I've personally never ever seen before... and coming from me, that's quite something.  Smilie_PDT

Maybe we haven't been told everything? We do tend to be told the same thing over and over again in these documentaries. I think there's more, though.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angryhead wrote:
I agree. There was no interesting back-story to the film worthy of mention in that documentary - although I do wonder whether we're being short-changed? Maybe there were some interesting tid-bits, but the BBC decided to screen a fawning, arse-licking retrospective instead (on the orders of The Beatles and/or Apple Corps perhaps?... Ringo and Paul took part in the documentary possibly suggesting that the BBC were required to play it nicely?)

I think there's scope for a documentary about The Beatles during that period (1965-1969) when they were introduced to drugs and then began to explore the avant-garde and visited the Indica Book shop and gallery, when Macca was turned on to Stockhausen, tape-loops, when the band were opened up to the Beat-poets such as Ginsberg, began to read books by Leary etc that came to the fore in songs such as 'Tomorrow Never Knows', John's 'anti-Christ' statement (based on a book he was reading), his work with Yoko, Paul's involvement with the underground newspaper (was it 'International Times'?), his seat on the board of Monterey Pop Festival (famously insisted that the then unheard of Jimi Hendrix be included), Paul's then-controversial LSD comments on the mainstream news, their work with Peter Blake and other artists, George's Indian mysticism, their dabblings with the Maharishi... the list is endless.

There was vintage footage in that documentary I've personally never ever seen before... and coming from me, that's quite something.  Smilie_PDT

Maybe we haven't been told everything? We do tend to be told the same thing over and over again in these documentaries. I think there's more, though.



Well, well ...  Cool  ... It turns out there is such a documentary (of sort, any way)... Available on DVD...

Taken from 'Amazon.com'...

Product Description
In the mid-1960s the often rigid and colourless British way of life was irrevocably transformed by the emergence of a cultural underground movement. Led by a loose collective of young radicals, they introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives. Operating out of the heart of London, their various activities, from The International Times - a bi-weekly journal that no hipster could be seen without - to the psychedelic nightclub UFO, promoted alternative lifestyles and values, and sparked a social revolution. This film not only traces the history of this underground scene, but also explores its impact on the pre-eminent British group of the era, The Beatles. Although they were well established by the time the movement emerged, Paul McCartney in particular, was closely linked with several of its key players, and through his exposure to cutting edge concepts brought ideas directly from the avant-garde into the mainstream. Featuring many new interviews with key players from the time including; IT editor and long term friend of Paul McCartney, Barry Miles; founder of IT and UFO club organiser, John Hoppy Hopkins; founder of UFO and Pink Floyd producer , Joe Boyd; Soft Machine drummer, Robert Wyatt; drummer from experimental improvisational collective AMM, Eddie Prevost; proprietor of Indica, the counter-cultural gallery, John Dunbar; Underground scenester, vocalist with The Deviants and IT journalist, Mick Farren; plus author of Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground 1961 1971 , Jonathon Greene; Beatles expert, Chris Ingham and Mojo jounalist Mark Paytress. Also includes rare archive footage, photographs from private collections and music from The Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Soft Machine, AMM and others.

Review
Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles & The Counterculture is a stunningly thorough DVD release tracing the rise of Experimental Music and Psychedelic Music through England and how Paul McCartney simply not moving to the country like his band-mates gave him top access to a movement in the making that would change world music and culture forever. Dating Jane Asher at the time and living in her basement despite his immense wealth, he was writing hits for others and encountering the UK counterpart to the Beat writers, some of the US originals of which were visiting the country. McCartney got interested very quickly along with the literature, publishing and dissonant music of the time starting in 1965. As a result, he would back the work of many of these people while on break from The Beatles and then started to really pay attention to the music, resulting in landmark songs with the band that quickly mainstreamed these innovations and gave The Beatles their next artistic breakthroughs. The other band-mates were not as quick to catch on at first, but that soon changed and by the time the Summer Of Love happened in 1967, they were easily keeping up with a fresh new group of bands, especially The Who and particularly Pink Floyd.



More here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-McCa...les-Counter-Culture/dp/B00DX88HI8



Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65wpqFrwB18

(Sorry... tried to embed the video but had very little success, so, you'll have to click on the link  Sad  ^^^^ .... The good old fashioned way!)


I've got the DVD myself. It's an enjoyable, interesting and informative documentary. And there's certainly lots of info included that those of us with a suspicious mind could follow through if we're looking for clues with regards to an 'Aquarian conspiracy.'

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