Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Get Back sessions gets a new looking at


Both quotes from members of the band as well as earlier accounts by biographers, article writers etc have been describing the "Let It Be" movie as a close look at a group who is falling apart. Exhibit A: George quit. But Peter Jackson has promised us an alternative version, where things aren't as grim as Lindsay-Hogg's film paints it to be. Sometimes revisionism is a good thing, when it sheds new light on events that have been interpreted one-sided in the past.

George quits: But he was very casual about it in his diary.

People who have been listening to bootlegs from the era have always seen the bright moments of these sessions as well, and Jackson's view has been backed up by no other than Ringo himself earlier this year. Now, more people are chiming in. The latest episode of the podcast series «Swinging through the sixties» takes us through facts and fiction regarding the Twickenham sessions, that first part of the "Get Back sessions".

This time, Allan Kozinn is subbing for Erik Taros alongside regular host Richard Buskin. Soundbites from the Twickenham sessions illustrate the points made in the discussion. Events are presented chronologically, on a day-by-day basis. Some of the points made are that John wasn't nearly as incommunicative as previously thought, and his heroin abuse not as frequent as we may have believed. The episode runs for a little less than two hours.

Link: Swinging Through The Sixties

P.S. We expect an official announcement about the Abbey Road anniversary editions tomorrow, if rumours are to be believed.

4 comments:

Mike N said...

And I cannot wait, Rog!!!

Andrew said...
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peerke said...

With all these new lights on the White Album and Get Back sessions, I wonder: did The Beatles really broke up?

Martin said...

One wonders if this is revisionism? Apple has tried to sanitise the the bad bits of the Beatles story. In the 2009 remasters there was no mention in the sleevenotes of infighting, drugs, Klein or Yoko. John himself said the 'Let It Be' sessions were 'the most miserable on earth' and the infamous 'Jamming With Yoko' footage shows a band (John apart) in obvious distress when George left. It probably wasn't as awful as history has suggested, but to also now make out that everything was tickety boo and that John and Yoko weren't problematic for the Beatles and the Lennon & McCartney partnership is a bit away with the fairies...