Friday, 1 August 2008

Let It Be again

The Beatles playing on the Apple rooftop on January 30th 1969, from the Let It Be movie

The guys over at Abbeyrd's Beatles Page contacted Apple and a spokesperson confirmed that they DO have plans to release Let It Be in the future. They should get themselves a press officer again. Geoff Baker is looking for work, I hear. The "Ringo and Paul are blocking Let It Be" news item is spreading like wildfire in the media all over the world and only Beatles-buffs are reading Abbeyrd's pages... Well now it's also in my blog!

Here's the story that's been going the rounds, courtesy of the Daily Express:

Beatles legends Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have reportedly blocked the re-release of the notorious Let It Be film. The documentary, originally intended to show the Fab Four at work in the studio, instead illustrated the extreme tensions between the musicians as the band was on the verge of breaking up. It famously included scenes of McCartney and George Harrison bickering over the latter's guitar-playing, and footage of an apparently disinterested John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono. Although the film was shown in cinemas in the early 1970s, and released on VHS in the 1980s, it has been out of circulation for more than 20 years. And now the two surviving Beatles have allegedly blocked plans for a DVD release. A source tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Express, "There has been talk of Let It Be finally being released but now there has been a change of heart. The Beatles are still a massive global brand and it's felt it won't be helped if the public sees the darker side of the story. Neither Paul nor Ringo would feel comfortable publicising a film showing The Beatles getting on each other's nerves."

I guess the Daily Express can now stop paying attention to that source for further news from the Apple camp.

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