Screening the Beatles Myth: Movies, Documentaries, Spoofs and Cartoons
Universal Publishers, 2005 - 240 pages
From 1962 to 1970 The Beatles were the central force in various forms of popular culture, ranging from music and fashion to film and television. Although the band's musical output has been thoroughly discussed in a multitude of books, the importance of their filmic work has been largely ignored. The Beatles' movies were a vital factor in communicating the band's ever changing array of images, attitudes, ideas, and musical styles. Screening the Beatles Myth provides the production history and a contextual interpretation of The Beatles' movies and describes their ability to project the group's image at different stages in their career. The book also includes a discussion of all of The Beatles' promotional films and videos, as well as their television cartoon series and their self-produced television special Magical Mystery Tour. Along with The Beatles' feature movies and promotional films, this analysis also contains documentaries, such as The Compleat Bea! tles and Anthology, as well as dramatizations of the band's history, such as Backbeat, The Hours and Times, and Two of Us. Screening the Beatles Myth is the most comprehensive book to date about The Beatles' films and provides a fresh perspective on the band's extraordinary history. It contains material from exclusive interviews with many of The Beatles' friends and colleagues, including Astrid Kirchherr, Rod Davis, Bill Harry, Ken Brown, John Lowe, May Pang, and many others.
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