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Backbeat: Stuart Sutcliffe - The Lost Beatle Paperback – 25 Mar 1994
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This is the official tie-in book to a 1995 film about The Beatles. The film is a mixture of humour, pathos and foot-tapping rock 'n' roll, and focuses on the "lost Beatle", Stuart Sutcliffe.
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'Backbeat' is sort of like the 'Harry Potter' movies; they are sort of well done, and sort of fun and easy to watch, (an hour or so of watching, rather than hours and hours of reading...) BUT the HP movies are often SO different from the books. Now, we can easily compare the HP books and movies, there they both are...it is WAY less easy to compare the 'Backbeat' movie, and all the books about Stu and the early Beatles; and too much is too different.
Stu was already OUT of the band when they did the 'My Bonnie' recording. The Beatles had a much differnet sound than the movie group does. The Beatles went home seprately at the end of the first trip. The move to the 'Top Ten' was on their second trip. Stu had many, many attacks of headaches while living at Atrids home (and probably NEVER attacked Klaus and Astrid!!!). He died on the way to the hospital in her arms. Etc, etc, etc... The 'real' story, as best we can figure it out from many books is already a very real, very eventful, VERY emotional story. Why did the 'Backbeat' crew need to change so much?
After watching the Harry Potter movies once or twice, you almost forget that they are INCORRECT, and you forget the REAL stories of the books. After watching 'Backbeat' once or a few too many times, you might start thinking that this really happened.
A mostly fun movie, but too often too far from what probably really happened. It is a fantasy, NOT a documentary!!!
(Ooops, realized I reviewed the book form, and not the DVD; but probably the same applied? Must be the same thing?)