Half a Century of The Beatles!
Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performances in the United States — and the half century of great music — be sure to watch the CBS Grammy tribute tomorrow night, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. And you might want to take a look at this special issue of Smithsonian Magazine, produced with the Grammy Museum, with tributes from Smokey Robinson, Pat Benatar, Brian Wilson, Lester Bangs, and many more, plus never-before-seen photos and recollections by Ringo Starr.
Back in 1964, the Beatles looked like this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqrauzHPpwE
Their career in music is unmatched. And they made some great movies, too.
By any standard, A Hard Day’s Night is a brilliant film, directed by Richard Lester in an intimate, improvisational style that still seems very fresh today. Because it seems like a documentary, people often forget that it was fully scripted by the talented Alun Owen, who was nominated for an Oscar.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIqi9zY4V-A
Their next movie is the silly spoof Help!. It is still fun to watch.
Magical Mystery Tour is an incoherent mess, but the music is still great.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjW8Rv5bp7Q
Yellow Submarine is one of the all-time greats of animation, with a charming story and wildly innovative visuals.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7lRMw6f3EY
Let It Be is a documentary about what would turn out to be the last days of the Beatles, featuring an exhilarating rooftop concert.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhHRaleljHE