The Beatles , made on Merseyside, this is one i've not seen before which was made in 2018. It is followed by the excellent Howard Goodall's, Sgt Pepper's musical revolution. Another great documentary that pops up on Sky Arts is Beatles stories which is worth checking out when it's repeated.
I watched it and it looked like a great run through of the history of those early years. I have never seen the clips of the protests in Liverpool when Pete got sacked, or the interview of Pete and Mona Best (was that on regional or national TV.) Interesting that no one still can get to the bottom of the Pete/Ringo timeline. One thing puzzled me Aunt Mimi was shown and John ended up brought up in a nice middle class area however his early years were difficult. Did Julia live in a nice area when John was with her. Did not realise that Jim McCartney was strict with his boys and you get the impression George had the most settled childhood. Ringo's mam and stepdad seemed lovely. The Cavern looked terrifying and exciting. Interesting to see the progression of British music pre Beatles. Hamburg seemed to have focused the Beatles, and how many members passed through the ranks till the made it big. Sad only one RSATH reference if Johnny Guitar was alive he would have had insight especially The Hamburg years. The bare bum story made me laugh.
Yes it was interesting to see what Mona Best looked like as Neil Aspinall was in a relationship with Mona Best with quite an age gap , she being 17 years older. Nice to see and hear people that we don't normally hear from . It was quite an entertaining one hour and 20 mins though Beatles documentaries without Beatles music are a bit lacking. The Sgt Pepper programme that followed was top notch.
I watched last night on the I-Player and enjoyed it. Like Pothos, I was surprised by the demonstrations against the sacking of Pete. For the TV news to have covered them, they must have been significant. I was at school at the time, and the sacking was discussed, but I didn't see any protests or demos; mainly because they happened in the city centre. The only negatives in the program were the inclusion of Joe Flannery [whose "memories" are questionable] and the recycling of the myth about the groups getting their material from the "Cunard Yanks" Also, during the intro, Pete Best is quoted as saying that the Beatles were the number three group. I'm sure that was taken out of context, and he was referring to the period before Hamburg. I thought Pete came across very well, and his obvious admiration of John was very touching.
There was a big protest about the closing of the Cavern. DJ Billy Butler held an all-nighter, which turned into a sit-in to keep the bailiffs out. I've just looked at the demo included in the BBC-4 documentary, and the posters are all about the Cavern, so I think Pothos is correct. As I said earlier, I never heard of any big protests about the sacking of Pete.
I know Rory and the band were inside The Cavern at the sit in protesting at the closure. I just saw the posts saying they were images of the closure not the sacking. That is not to say there were no issues with Pete's sacking. It was serious enough for George to get assaulted, and questions to be asked 55 + years on.
Fiendish Thingy: Thanks Bobber. I'm good thanks. Quiet on here for the last few months. I see Al has gone all 'Facebook' and is attracting new members. No bad thing. Are you going to the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool this year? Not long now 10 weeks or so. See you there?
Jun 21, 2019 10:44:22 GMT
Mr Kite: I`ll see you there F.T.
Jun 22, 2019 21:53:51 GMT
Bobber: Not sure. It's an expensive trip for me plus I'm starting a new job around that time.
Jun 25, 2019 11:06:14 GMT
Amadeus: Hey all. Not been frequenting here very much lately. Between burying people, helping sick people and feeling crap myself, Me and Mrs. A. have been weighed under. Hoping to get a bit more out of that rut so I can focus back on the fun things I used to focus
Jun 26, 2019 19:56:52 GMT