It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond

While this was a good documentary about The Beatles, the title is rather misleading.

It starts off looking at their touring years, the end of the touring years, the Maharishi (they did not have good things to say him after they moved on from all that business), the Apple Boutique, and a few other sundry things. What it does not do is look in depth at how Sgt. Peppers was made, or even feature any music whatsoever from the album. There are a few photos, possibly from the recording of the album, but no proper footage. So that was a disappointment.

However, the rest of the documentary was interesting, and there were plenty of interviews which included Steve Diggle (The Buzzcocks, he is a big fan), Brian Epstein’s ex-secretary, John Lennon’s sister, Patty Boyd’s sister, a fan club member, Pete Best, and a few other people in the know. There were no interviews with either Paul or Ringo, except for archive stuff.

Quite a lot of time was spent on the album cover, which was interesting, but not overly so. There was some good gossip about John and Paul, the most interesting for me was that John was bit of a lazy bum, and Paul was the one who was more into getting psychedelic elements into their music.

So it was a bit of a mess really, but a well made one that still managed to be interesting.

Date watched: October 8th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2017: 114

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