Paul McCartney continues his long-running archive collection reissue campaign with the re-release of his 1997 album Flaming Pie.
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BIG EVENTS IN GLAUCHAU (Germany) Autumn 2022
From September 1st 2022 until the end of November (30th) Edmund Thielow will celebrate the 30-year existance of his
very carefully collected Beat Archive. An impressive 'must see' for every Beatlesfan.
Glauchau is a town in the old 'East German region' where Edmund already lives his whole life.
He experienced how it was during the separation of Western and Eastern Germany, how he didn't really know what was happening
in 'Beatlesland' during the sixties and seventies.
After the fall of the Wall in 1989 he started to collect his now well-known collection. You'll find it at the 'Markt 20' in Glauchau.
The exhibition will be free accessible for everybody, on Mondays-Fridays daily between 09 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturdays 09:00-12:00).
And then on October 8th 2022 there will be a Beatlesday-/-meeting with fans and guests in the local theatre of Glauchau,
starting at 10 a.m. Beatles International will be there as well with lots of merchandise. Programme until 2 p.m. = free entrance!
From 2 p.m. people gather in the City Theatre for the rest of the Programme which asks for a 20€ entrance fee because of the costs.
One of the guests will be Rod Davies from the original Quarrymen.
Beatles Internatioanl recommends everyone to go there, maybe spend your holiday over there, it's a wonderful region and
while you're there you might as well go to Halle (near Leipzig) and visit the Best Beatles Museum in Europe.
People like Freda Kelly, Klaus Voormann, Mark Lewisohn, Tony Bramwell (and lots more) can tell you about this museum and the lovely people working there.
So if you don't have plans yet, for a nice journey to Europe, these are the places to go to in the autumn of 2022.
FINALLY, LET IT BE again
The last studio album that The Beatles released, 1970’s Let It Be, will be reissued in October as a belated 50th anniversary edition.
Recorded in early 1969, and documented in Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Let It Be film, one single from these sessions (‘Get Back’ b/w ‘Don’t Let Me Down’) emerged in April 1969 and attempts by Engineer Glyn Johns to knock the album (then called Get Back) into some kind of shape were in vain. His mix May 1969 mix was rejected and the tapes were mothballed (a second Johns mix was rejected again in January 1970).
The retitled Let It Be album was eventually issued in May 1970 after Phil Spector was given the task of creating an album from the many hours of tapes. By that point, The Beatles had already recorded and released Abbey Road, their final studio outing.
Paul McCartney was famously unhappy with Spector’s fiddling with his songs (‘The Long and Winding Road’, in particular), but in typically frank style, John Lennon defended Spector in his 1970s interview with Rolling Stone, saying “He was given the shittiest load of badly recorded shit – and with a lousy feeling to it – ever”.
The new super deluxe 5CD+blu-ray super deluxe reissue of Let It Be doesn’t bother to repeat Let It Be Naked but, more surprisingly, also doesn’t include much from the 3 Savile Row rooftop concert. What it does offer is the 1969 Glyn Johns ‘Get Back LP’ mix, two CDs of alternate takes/jams, new mixes of the original Phil Spector version of the album (and a-sides/b-sides) and a new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 mix of Let It Be. With The Beatles Anthology, and Let It Be Naked, it’s hard to keep track of what has been made available before and what hasn’t, but Apple/UMC say that in total, the super deluxe edition features 27 previously unreleased session recordings.
The content of the CD box set is as follows:
- Disc 1: New stereo mix (by Giles Martin) of the original album
- Disc 2 : Get Back – Apple Sessions: Various alternate takes
- Disc 3: Get Back: Rehearsals and Apple Jams
- Disc 4: Get Back LP: 1969 Glyn Johns Mix
- Disc 5: Let It Be EP: Two Glyn Johns Mixes from 1970 and new mixes of the single versions of Let It Be and Don’t Let Me Down
- Disc 6: Blu-ray: Dolby Atmos Mix, 5.1 mix, hi-res stereo version of new mix
The super deluxe comes as a book with outer slipcase and a book is also included with the 5-record vinyl super deluxe edition which offers exactly the same audio as its CD counterpart across four LPs and one 4-track 12-inch EP. It doesn’t include the blu-ray with the surround mixes, however. The books are 100-page hardcover tomes with an introduction by Paul McCartney, extensive notes and track-by-track recording information and many previously unseen photos, personal notes, tape box images and more.
The 2CD edition offers a 14-track ‘Outtake Highlights’ disc featuring tracks from CDs 2 and 3 in the box set. The notable exception is that this bonus disc does include the Glyn Johns 1970 Mix of ‘Across The Universe’ from CD 5 in the box (the Let It Be EP). Glyn’s 1969 Mix of the ‘Get Back LP’ is exclusive to the CD and vinyl box sets and is artworked up just as the bootlegs were, with the Please Please Me cover homage, featuring the four Beatles posing on EMI’s Manchester Square stairwell, now seven years older! This image was unused at the time but became the cover to the 1967-1970 compilation issued in 1973.
There is no 2LP vinyl edition, just a single LP version of Let It Be with Giles Martin and Sam Okell’s new stereo remix. To enjoy any bonus material, vinyl fans have one choice: The five-record super deluxe.
Talking of the remix, all the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original “reproduced for disc” version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. The 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos mixes are guided by the same original Phil Spector version of the album.
Let It Be will be reissued on 15 October 2021. The Beatles: Get Back book will be released on the same day and Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary will premiere on Disney+ in November.
BOOK: MURDER OF A MULTITUDE
Murder of a Multitude
By Dexter James
Not a book about the Beatles as such, but a murder mystery about a serial killer in New York who kills women based on their names: all women have names that appear in Beatles songs and the murders take place on the anniversary of the release dates of these particular songs. So there you have the Fab Four link.
This book will not be to everyone’s liking because it has some graphic descriptions of the killer’s modus operandi. Still, if you like your murder mystery and you are not faint hearted, then Murder of a Multitude will definitely be a book that you’ll enjoy. Fun detail for Beatles fans is the fact that the book contains clues which are based on the lyrics of Beatles songs.
Murder of a Multitude is an interesting read because it combines a murder mystery with Beatles knowledge. But even if you’re not so much into the Beatles but do like your murder mystery, the book will present you with a thrilling tale.
AUGUST 2021 - - ANNOUNCING THE NEW GET BACK BOOK!
The Beatles in India Documentary
GATHR FILMS SETS WORLDWIDE EVENT CINEMA PREMIERE OF
EMMY-WINNING DIRECTOR PAUL SALTZMAN’S FEATURE
MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA
FOR SEPTEMBER 9TH; SEE FIRST TRAILER
Filmmaker Shared Spiritual Journey Exploring Transcendental Meditation with The Beatles at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram in 1968; Highlighted by his Personal, Many Never-Before-Seen Photos, Intimate and Uplifting Cinematic Portrait Adds New Insights into Most Prolific Period of Beatles Songwriting
David Lynch Among Executive Producers; Morgan Freeman Narrates
Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Rishikesh: Courtesy of Paul Saltzman
[Los Angeles, CA; August 11, 2020) – With new and vivid first-hand details and over 40 personal photos never-before-seen in any other movie about The Beatles, Emmy Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman shares an extraordinary life experience in a new feature documentary, Meeting the Beatles in India. Gathr Films has set Wednesday, September 9th for the virtual World Premiere with a Live Filmmaker Q&A directly following on its https://www.google.com/url?q=https://gathr.com/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866780000&usg=AFQjCNHdsxl6Q9_XogEdyE86SK1WEFfZSQ">Gathr At Home™ platform. The film will then be available virtually through art house film platforms around the world. Trailer Launch https://www.google.com/url?q=https://films.gathr.com/Beatles-in-India/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866780000&usg=AFQjCNHCIoRH5zfJiz7VUldPQeC44jmGVA">HERE.
Saltzman learned transcendental meditation while spending a week in 1968 at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganges River along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Photos and recollections not revisited for 50 years are brought to life. Narrated by Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman with executive producers including Pen Densham and David Lynch, Meeting the Beatles in India adds vital details and context to one of the seminal cultural events of the 20th Century.
In 1968 Paul Saltzman, then 23-years-old, traveled to India to heal his broken heart. There he discovered his own soul, learned Transcendental Meditation ™ (which changed his life) and hung out with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Among the other seekers at the ashram were actress Mia Farrow, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, folksinger Donovan and the Beatles’ wives and girlfriends.
In Meeting the Beatles in India, Saltzman provides a trove of new information and additional context:
- Includes over 40 of Saltzman’s photos from the ashram never included in any television or film account of The Beatles’ time in India.
- Gives the back story on how his iconic group photo of the Beatles, the Maharishi and their celebrity friends at the ashram (used in the film’s poster) actually happened.
- Gives Saltzman’s first-hand account of The Beatles songwriting process. Experts estimate between 30 to 48 songs were written during this period with many included on theWhite Album. The list includes: Back in the USSR, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Dear Prudence, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da, Blackbird, Rocky Raccoon, Birthday, Sexy Sadie, Don’t Pass Me By, Mother Nature’s Son, Helter Skelter, Revolution and Bungalow Bill, among many others.
- Finds the real “Bungalow Bill” in Hawaii for his first ever on-camera interview during which he talks about his reaction to the infamous lyrics “Hey Bungalow Bill, what did you kill, Bungalow Bill.”
- Shows the actual spot at the ashram where Paul and John first sangDear Prudence for one of their group, Prudence Farrow, sister of Mia Farrow, who was most devoted to her daily meditations...so much so that the group worried for her well-being.
- Gives further context to the estrangement that occurred between The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and led to the band’s abrupt departure from the ashram.
- Reflects on filmmaker David Lynch’ own inner journey and the link between TM and creative output. In 2005, he founded thehttps://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866780000&usg=AFQjCNHwsXE3uZCqgmSDQ6SUetxauH7LmQ">David Lynch Foundation Center for Health and Wellness to ensure that children around the world have access to TM.
- Adds color to this most prolific time in the Beatles’ creative lives during a visit back to the ashram, now dubbedThe Beatles Ashram, with noted Beatles historian https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.marklewisohn.net/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNE3USAElhHn-u_rUUEplpCeNQBJ1w">Mark Lewisohn.
- Visitsthe Beatles Story museum in Liverpool to talk to George Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd and ex-sister-in-law Jenny Boyd, both of whom were in India with The Beatles in 1968.
- Guided by his vivid and rivetingpersonal memories, Saltzman shares his own magical mystery tour of one of the most important and influential cultural events of the 20th Century and reveals how vital the exploration of one’s own inner self is, not only for artists of all generations, but for all of us.
- According to Stephen Maycock, a world-renowned music memorabilia expert who headed Sotheby’s Rock ‘n’ Roll division for 13 years and was consultant to Bonhams for 16 years, “Paul’s [Saltzmanhttps://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/message.html" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/message.html&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNGLHdtgqKiMcFNVluEdMRffQPL_mQ">David Lynch Foundation to promote the healing and restorative power of TM to change and heal lives.
“I started my practice of Transcendental Meditation in 1973,” says Lynch, “but I had no idea how powerful and profound this technique could be until I saw firsthand how it was being practiced by young children in inner-city schools, veterans who suffer the living hell of post-traumatic stress and women and girls who are victims of terrible violence. TM is, in a word, life-changing for the good. In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching TM to adults and children in countries everywhere.”
Many have noted, including Lynch, the connective tissue between the practice of Transcendental Mediation and creativity. That certainly was the case with the Beatles during their time in India. As Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn says in the film, “They had nothing else to do at the ashram besides mediate and write music.”
About Paul Saltzman (Director, Writer, Producer)
Paul Saltzman is a two-time Canadian Emmy Award-winning film and television producer/director with more than 300 films, both dramas and documentaries, to his credit. The 2008 documentary feature https://www.google.com/url?q=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prom_Night_in_Mississippi&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNGTpb4nPpiD-UK3zgI02M2ja_QtHg">Prom Night in Mississippi, featuring actor https://www.google.com/url?q=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Freeman&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNGlQfJI6mv71Q0ZhU4CYuwD5qngfA">Morgan Freeman, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible? premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012 and stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte and Delay de la Beckwith (son of Byron De La Beckwith).
In 1968, he learned meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in India. His photographs of The Beatles, Mia Farrow, Donovan and Mike Love of the Beach Boys at the ashram were the subject of his book The Beatles in Rishikesh (Viking Penguin; 2000), which was re-released in 2018 with a special 50th Anniversary edition.
He was the second-unit director and production manager on the very first IMAX film, produced for the Osaka 1970 World's Fair. His ties to the rock and roll world are deep. After attending Woodstock in 1969, he produced a Leonard Cohen concert tour as well as producing and directing his first film, a documentary on Bo Diddley. In 1973, he launched his production shingle, Sunrise Films. Among his many credits are: the acclaimed Canadian television series Spread Your Wings; HBO's Family Playhouse and a special for American Playhouse; Danger Bay for Canada’s CBC-Disney Channel; the American television series My Secret Identity, Matrix and Max Glick, as well as miniseries and television movies. He co-produced Map of the Human Heart, starring Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud, Patrick Bergin, John Cusack and Jean Moreau. He also executive produced Martha, Ruth & Edie as well as Sam & Me, which received an Honorable Mention in competition at the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, he founded the nonprofit organization Moving Beyond Prejudice to work with police forces, students, youth-at-risk, and community and faith groups utilizing Prom Night in Mississippi and The Last White Knight as a basis for discussion. He was asked to host one of these discussions at the White House in 2011 and was honored by President Barack Obama and the First Lady as a Community Leader. Paul has taught and mentored over 100,000 people across Canada, the United States and around the world. He started his work as an activist and advocate for peace by organizing Black voters in the South in the 1960s with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The University of Toronto has collected his archives.
About David Lynch (Executive Producer)
David Lynch is the celebrated director responsible for such iconic television and film projects as Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks. In 2019, he was awarded the Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, he started the https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNEZt_XWDrcmx2qTfqF8x1UqXWLGjw">David Lynch Foundation Center for Health and Wellness in 2005.
About Transcendental Meditation: TM is a simple, natural, effortless technique practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. TM allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence. The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention nor open monitoring. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm deep within. TM is taught in a personal course of instruction by a specially-trained, certified teacher. For more information, please visit https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.tm.org&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNFX_b5yp3E7p7WWXfaIrJ67FuobIQ">www.tm.org or the https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tmwellness.org/&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNHFkMndsFNA4DUxVVMSNF2V91MZeQ">David Lynch Foundation Center for Health & Wellness.
About Gathr Films
Gathr Films (Gathr®) was founded in 2011 by filmmaker Scott Glosserman to innovate within the motion picture theatrical distribution space. Gathr created Theatrical On Demand®, an event management and ticketing platform that distributes feature films and documentaries using technology to accommodate audience demand by leveraging unused cinema capacity. Gathr screens in over 4,000 cinemas in North America, having sold 750,000+ tickets to 11,000+ events. With Gathr At Home® the company once again introduces a first-of-its-kind: Virtual Event Cinema.
Films booked via Theatrical On Demand® include 2019's Academy Awards® winner, FREE SOLO, 2016 Academy Awards® nominee, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, 2014 Academy Awards® nominee, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, and 2013 Academy Awards® nominee, THE SQUARE. Other noteworthy titles include: AFTER, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, MARLEY, THE BREADWINNER, THE OVERNIGHTERS, GIRL RISING, WALK WITH ME, AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA. https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.Gathr.com&source=gmail&ust=1599121866781000&usg=AFQjCNHgqzPeVLI_aQroHADZo3TBl0ArRQ">www.Gathr.com
Meeting the Beatles in India Main Credits
Director, Writer, Producer
Director of Photography
Stephen Chandler Whitehead
Sunrise Films Limited
Distributor: Gathr Films Canadian Distribution: KINOSMITH
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AUGUST 2020: The Cavern begins to 'Get Back' to business
After five months of closure due to coronavirus, it's great to let you know that we are slowly re-opening our businesses.
Our Tours are back on the road, our beer is flowing again, our chefs are back cooking up delights in our restaurant and
The Cavern Club is on its way! Here's what you need to know.
Tickets to Ride on sale
Our popular Beatles Magical Mystery sightseeing tour is back on the road once again.
Yes, the tour looks a little different at the moment but we're so happy to be welcoming visitors again.
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The beer is flowing once again in our Cavern Pub. Business isn't quite as usual but the unique atmosphere hasn't gone anywhere.
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PAUL'S 'FLAMING PIE' EXPENSIVE DELUXE RE-ISSUE OUT NOW
Paul McCartney / Flaming Pie reissue
Paul McCartney continues his long-running archive collection reissue campaign with the re-release of his 1997 album Flaming Pie.
Peter Jackson ‘Get Back’ film delayed
Disney have announced that the ‘new’ version of The Beatles‘ Let It Be film, called The Beatles: Get Back will now come out a year late, in August 2021, having been originally slated for theatrical release in September 2020. As you might expect, the reasons are related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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"THE BEATLES: GET BACK" DELAYED IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE UNTIL AUGUST 2021
Photo: ©1969 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartneyNew film features extensive, never-before-seen footage of the legendary band’s "Let It Be" recording sessions along with the entire iconic rooftop concert, fully restored
BURBANK, Calif. (March 11, 2020)—The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary. The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, "Let It Be," and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row. "The Beatles: Get Back" will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the United States and Canada in August 2021, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow. The announcement was made earlier today by Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders.
"No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday," says Iger of the announcement. "I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September."
"The Beatles: Get Back," presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., is an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles, the most influential band of all time, and three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the "Let It Be" album sessions, "The Beatles: Get Back" is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen ("They Shall Not Grow Old") and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.
The footage has been brilliantly restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, and is being edited by Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s "They Shall Not Grow Old," the groundbreaking film which featured restored and colorized World War I archival footage. The music in the film will be mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios in London. With this pristine restoration behind it, "The Beatles: Get Back" will create a vivid, joyful and immersive experience for audiences.
Peter Jackson says, "Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people."
Paul McCartney says, "I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had."
Ringo Starr says, "I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were."
"The Beatles: Get Back" is also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Although the original "Let It Be" film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and the accompanying album were filmed and recorded in January 1969, they were not released until May 1970, three weeks after The Beatles had officially broken up. The response to the film at the time by audiences and critics alike was strongly associated with that announcement. During the 15-month gap between the filming of "Let It Be" and its launch, The Beatles recorded and released their final studio album, "Abbey Road," which came out in September 1969.
Shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, the 80-minute "Let It Be" movie was built around the three weeks of filming, including an edited version of the rooftop concert. The GRAMMY®-winning "Let It Be" album topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.
The new documentary brings to light much more of the band’s intimate recording sessions for "Let It Be" and their entire 42-minute performance on the rooftop of Apple’s Savile Row London office. While there is no shortage of material of The Beatles’ extensive touring earlier in their careers, "The Beatles: Get Back" features the only notable footage of the band at work in the studio, capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they create their now-classic songs from scratch, laughing, bantering and playing to the camera.
Shot on January 30, 1969, The Beatles’ surprise rooftop concert marked the band’s first live performance in over two years and their final live set together. The footage captures interactions between the band members, reactions from fans and employees from nearby businesses, and comical attempts to stop the concert by two young London policemen responding to noise complaints.
A fully restored version of the original "Let It Be" film will be made available at a later date.