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Paul McCartney - Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles And The Uk Counter-Culture [DVD] [NTSC]
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In the mid-1960s the often rigid and colourless British way of life was irrevocably transformed by the emergence of a cultural underground movement. Led by a loose collective of young radicals, they introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives. Operating out of the heart of London, their various activities, from The International Times - a bi-weekly journal that no hipster could be seen without - to the psychedelic nightclub UFO, promoted alternative lifestyles and values, and sparked a social revolution. This film not only traces the history of this underground scene, but also explores its impact on the pre-eminent British group of the era, The Beatles. Although they were well established by the time the movement emerged, Paul McCartney in particular, was closely linked with several of its key players, and through his exposure to cutting edge concepts brought ideas directly from the avant-garde into the mainstream. Featuring many new interviews with key players from the time including; IT editor and long term friend of Paul McCartney, Barry Miles; founder of IT and UFO club organiser, John Hoppy Hopkins; founder of UFO and Pink Floyd producer , Joe Boyd; Soft Machine drummer, Robert Wyatt; drummer from experimental improvisational collective AMM, Eddie Prevost; proprietor of Indica, the counter-cultural gallery, John Dunbar; Underground scenester, vocalist with The Deviants and IT journalist, Mick Farren; plus author of Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground 1961 1971 , Jonathon Greene; Beatles expert, Chris Ingham and Mojo jounalist Mark Paytress. Also includes rare archive footage, photographs from private collections and music from The Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Soft Machine, AMM and others.
Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles & The Counterculture is a stunningly thorough DVD release tracing the rise of Experimental Music and Psychedelic Music through England and how Paul McCartney simply not moving to the country like his band-mates gave him top access to a movement in the making that would change world music and culture forever. Dating Jane Asher at the time and living in her basement despite his immense wealth, he was writing hits for others and encountering the UK counterpart to the Beat writers, some of the US originals of which were visiting the country. McCartney got interested very quickly along with the literature, publishing and dissonant music of the time starting in 1965. As a result, he would back the work of many of these people while on break from The Beatles and then started to really pay attention to the music, resulting in landmark songs with the band that quickly mainstreamed these innovations and gave The Beatles their next artistic breakthroughs. The other band-mates were not as quick to catch on at first, but that soon changed and by the time the Summer Of Love happened in 1967, they were easily keeping up with a fresh new group of bands, especially The Who and particularly Pink Floyd. The makers are very thorough here, delivering more incredible vintage footage, original vintage music and great interviewees and scholars. This time, it is the great Chris Ingram who is the best and most insightful, as well as the most hilarious moments throughout in a must-see winner for all serious music fans. I was very impressed. Extras include Extended Interviews in a featurette entitled 'The Other Side Of The Mirror: US & UK Psychedelia' worth seeing after the documentary. Taped in March 1992 after they had several big worldwide hits, Level 42 Live shows a band that was still in more than prime form and ready to have even more hits and success, but as the music business was too busy trying to make it on one hit wonders and fads, they never got the chance to have more success as they deserved to. Hot Water, Her Big Day, Lessons In Love and the classic Something About You, this is a really decent, top rate concert whose only flaw is that it is not longer. The band is in amazing form with plenty of energy, musical prowess and more than enough talent to annihilate most such bands to day. If you are curious or a fan, this DVD is worth your time and singer Mark King not only delivers here terrifically, but still had the voice 7 years later when he went solo. There are no extras unfortunately, but I want to explicitly recommend King s great solo Ohne Filter show from 1999 we reviewed many years ago, is still one of the best in the series and you can read more about at this link: --Fuel Drive-In .com
Voted No. 7 Uncut Magazine End Of Year Poll 'Music DVDs' This DVD configures the story of the 1960s London Underground scene from the point of view of Macca, with help from scenesters Barry Miles, Robert Wyatt, Joe Boyd and the late Mick Farren, while the archive footage is particularly strong. --Uncut Magazine January 2014
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Stylistically, this item reminded me of the 1987 TV documentary accompanying Derek Taylor's book also entitled 'It Was Twenty Years Ago Today' in that it puts The Beatles at the centre of a mandala of movers and shakers. There's more depth here than in that overview of 'the summer of Love' which is here taken as a tabloid summary of complex currents running through and around the 'counterculture'.
While I was expecting that the producers were using the enduring McCartney more as something to hang all of this on in contemporary times, it is clear from the content that McCartney did have a pivotal role in proceedings and since that opinion seems to be being voiced by counterculture figures like the late Mick Farren (seen here for the last time) who have been critical and reluctant to hand him credit, it's all the more revelatory and actually for the first time provides valuable insight into McCartney's onward journey back to the overground of The Beatles' fame and beyond.
But that's not to say the focus is Beatlist or McCartneyist. There could have been more on Syd Barrett (although materials like interviews may be in short supply with this disappeared innovator) but what there is, here, mostly from legendary producer Joe Boyd, hands him deserved credit.Read more ›
By Rob Jones
Going Underground: Paul McCartney, The Beatles and the UK Counter Culture is a 153 minute DVD that features rare footage, private photographs, probing interviews and music from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Soft Machine, AMM and others.
Therefore, the subversive 60’s set will revel in this review of the stirrings and styles of a cultural underground that was to filter in to the mainstream and play a decisive role in taking four Merseyside mop tops from pop players to rock adventurers.
A new era of social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives were apparent and nowhere was this fresh breed of behaviours more apparent than at the London nightclub UFO. At this alternative venue barriers were broken and the old guard was dismissed as an era of experimentation unfolded.
This in depth account of a potent period is revived via a series of contributions from pertinent characters at its core and media who offer a look back buzz. As a result a vital document is created that sits nicely in amongst the annals of a disparate decade where a seemingly early innocence morphs in to a later psychedelic innovation. Of particular influence was McCartney and his role in the proceedings is explored from the point of what touched him and how that manifested itself in to his own output.
This is a well researched and neatly presented piece of memorabilia and it is well worth a punt!
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Very entertaining and informative and with over two hours long it was worth every penny. I didn't know that Paul McCartney was so pivotal in the underground scene so if like me you... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. Robert C. Berry