Just in time to watch instead of the new president elect’s inauguration, my DVD “8 Days A Week, The Touring Years” arrived with little fanfare or mailbox watching. In fact, no trumpets blared when I gingerly opened the mailbox or when this fan opened the DVD…but there it was to rescue me.
This wasn’t to be the first time that I had seen the carefully curated Ron Howard film, I had also viewed a Universal Studios screening, they own Capital Records, and hosted by KLOS 95.5 “Breakfast With The Beatles”host Chris Carter in Hollywood, CA early on as well as a screening in Santa Monica, CA. I like that first screening in Santa Monica as we got to sip wine while watching the film. It was a bit marred by one attendee who thought it a good idea to bring their chatty two-year-old with them. At that point I needed the wine.
“8 Days A Week, The Touring Years” is the latest addition to a very large Beatles’ collection which sports several Beatle films from “A Hard Days Night” and”Help” to Beatle’s related films such as “The Magic Christian and “Across The Universe.” One of the collection was produced by my friend John Slot’s, a well known poet, brother Andrew Slot…ah “Imagine.” The collection includes many books, some written by John Lennon such as “A Spanard In The Works” and “In His Own Write” as well a little book titled “Japan Through The Eyes of John Lennon” which is full of Lennon’s art. There’s also a bit of Beatle jewelry.
There’s buttons, playing cards, bubble gum trading cards, posters, a special mounted photograph of the lads at a news conference in LA by Lord Tim, lots of special issue magazines, music and a few collages assembled from my magazine collection. 5 collages have been assembled in all of which I only have 2 with me.
As for “8 Days A Week,” it’s a very well crafted Beatlementary about the Fab 4 and their cheeky life on the road and in the studio from 1963 to 1966 and they show footage of their last, rooftop “concert” on Abby Road Records which was shut down by the police. Stunning examples of their famous, sold out shows with screaming , crying and fainting fans. It also is great for footage of their very off the cuff interviews, how well they worked together and just The Beatles in general.
An amazing fact that this Beatle fan had not known until just prior to this film being first seen, is that they refused to play before segregated performances. The concerts had to be inclusive and as Ringo Starr put it “We weren’t playing for this gruop of people or that group of people. We wanted to play for everyone.” Paul McCartney added that there had to be a collective vote of 4 in order to move on an idea, so this concept of no segregation had been agreed upon by all members. It did appear in their signed contacts.
Did I see The Beatles live at anytime? Why yes, yes indeed I did. The Hollywood Bowl show in August 1964 where Jackie DeShannon opened, with my brother. Our mother had made him take me. The whole experience was amazing and left a lasting impression upon my music soul. At one point I owned all of their LP’s. I did manage to ware them all out.
Hats off to Ron Howard for this wonderful piece of Beatles history and a day in the life of attitude. The reminiscences of the interviewees was a compliment to this film and the fan footage blended with news footage provides a marvelously woven story which ends with the rooftop concert. The background narrative added to the pieces of the puzzle and brings to light the dissatisfaction that The Beatles had been developing toward touring and how they could not hear themselves above the roar of the crowds’ screaming.
Who is my second favorite band…Led Zeppelin. Be warned though that there isn’t nearly the amount in that collection as there is for The Beatles.
Many thanks to my bank’s credit card for giving me monthly bonuses which I can use to purchase items such as “8 Days A Week.”