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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond [Blu-ray]
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INCLUDES OVER 4.5 HOURS EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL. Featuring interviews with former employees, fellow musicians, family members and journalists, and supported by original and exclusive never-seen-before footage, this star-studded rockumentary offers a fascinating insight into the creation and recording of one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in pop history. BONUS MATERIAL: 1) Liverpool/London Introduced by Alan G. Parker 2) Director and Producer interviews 3) The Bootleg Beatles 4) Andy Peebles John Lennon Interview December 80 5) Pete Best Interview at The Hard Day's Night 6) Julia Baird (John Lennon's sister) Interview 7) John Lennon Blue Plaque 8) The Merseybeat 9) Ringo archive
About the Director
Alan G Parker started out his career in the music industry at the age of 20, following a few years as a band manager/promoter in a remote part of Lancashire! He moved to London in 1985 where over a period of almost 20 years he was, at one time or another, a press officer, a writer (18 books published to date) and the project co-ordinator in back catalogue at EMI Records, working with artists like; Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Slade, The Ramones, Blondie, Big Country, The Alarm, The Who, Whitesnake, UFO, The Mighty Wah!, Spear of Destiny/Theatre of Hate, Terrorvision, The Almighty, Monty Python, The Carry On Team, UFO, Saxon, Whitesnake & The Jam. Parker directed his first feature length documentary Never Mind the Sex Pistols for 2 Entertain/BBC 3 in 2005. Since then his critically acclaimed and hugely successful Who Killed Nancy (Soda Pictures) saw him carry off the BBC Radio 6 best new Director of 2009. Rebel Truce: The Story of The Clash (Eagle Entertainment) was named best documentary of 2007 by Time Out magazine. While his next cinema release Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Eagle Rock Entertainment/IFC) saw him nominated Stateside for an Emmy. Hello Quo: The Official Status Quo Story was his third film for the big screen and opened in the UK in October 2012. He is one half of the company A Geezer & A Blonde Productions London Ltd, along with Producer Alexa Morris.
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Barely half of its running time deals with the Sgt. Pepper album and even that doesn't have a lot to say about the music itself or its cultural impact, preferring to focus on the costumes and sleeve design - i.e. the aspects that can be discussed at length without negotiating any copyright arrangements.
Along the way there are countless superficial anecdotes from largely peripheral commentators (including a Buzzcock, Patti Boyd's sister and rentabore Andy Peebles); only Phillip Norman and Hunter Davies contribute much in the way of insight, although not much that hasn't been said before.
Maybe that's to be expected after 50 years of repeated analysis but then this begs the question, why bother making a documentary when you have nothing new to say?
If this had been called 'A Year In The Life' then it might have made more sense as a broader documentary about the Beatles' activity in 1967 - although it would have been harder to market that on the back of the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary, which is the only motivation I can imagine for cobbling this together.
The film talks about what wa happening in and around the time of Sgt Peppers, and The Beatles, and doesn't directly talk about the album that I would have expected.
Expecting to get nuggets of behind the scenes stuff about the individual songs, and stuff like that, but went into things like the Maharishi, their failed boutique, Brian Epstein's death, etc.
Disappointing, unfortunately, and was very bored watching it.
A bit disappointing.
The album itself was mentioned once or twice
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