The Beatles Announce New Book Called ‘Get Back’!
It’s always a fascinating experience to hear more stories about The Beatles. The fab four were just such huge phenomenons for all times to come. Now, we have more content about them coming our way. The Beatles have now announced a new book called ‘Get Back’. This is their first book in almost twenty years after their last one ‘The Beatles Anthology’.
‘The Beatles: Get Back’ will tell the story from the time of the final album of the Fab Four, ‘Let It Be’. The book will draw information from around 120 hours of never seen before footage and transcribed conversations. Moreover, it will be released alongside Peter Jackson’s feature documentary on The Beatles with the same name.
What happened during the ‘Get Back’ sessions?
This Beatles book is based on the recording sessions of ‘Get Back’, which was later re-labeled as ‘Let It Be’. This was from a time when the band was truly drifting apart, with numerous fights during the sessions. Moreover, the fab four also changed their studios, and cameramen recorded all of their sessions, including the fights. It got so bad that George Harrison once walked out of the sessions and John Lennon recalled them as “hell”.
Despite the infighting, The Beatles still managed to record some of the most iconic songs by the band. Moreover, the recording sessions also culminated in one of the most iconic live performances on top of the Apple Corps building in London on 30 January 1969.
Later on, the recording sessions ended and The Beatles shifted their This Beatles book will dive deep into these events. But the songs they recorded in the ‘Get Back’ sessions were mixed (controversially by Phil Spector) and released in ‘Let It Be,’ one month after Paul McCartney left the band. However, the last album The Beatles ever recorded was ‘Abbey Road, released in September of 1969.
Moreover, Hanif Kureishi wrote in the introduction of The Beatles book:
“This was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire.”
The Beatles book will accompany Peter Jackson’s feature film
Peter Jackson will also be writing a forward in the book. Jackson’s feature film on the fab four will have glimpses of 55 hours of unreleased and restored 16mm footage. The Beatles book itself will also have never-seen-before pictures of Ethan Russell and Linda McCartney. Jackson wrote in the forward:
“It would be fair to say that today Let It Be symbolizes the breaking up of the Beatles. That’s the mythology – the truth is somewhat different. The real story of Let It Be has been locked in the vaults of Apple Corps for the last 50 years.”
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 also said this about the documentary:
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.
Here’s a trailer of the Beatles book: