And now for something completely different...
I wrote earlier this month about The
Beatles, because I came to see some videos
I found interesting and likeable, and then found more, and more,
and more, and later mentioned
As it happens, this is the beginning of rather a lot, all neatly
linked in a series, in chunks of approximately 10 minutes - together
more than six hours worth, it seems, some with Spanish subtitles -
that is the present internet-record of a DVD series first released in
Indeed there is a lot more about it and
in the Wikipedia:
Meanwhile I saw and heard all of The Beatles
Anthology, which probably is worth some 6-8 hours of viewing and
hearing, and liked it, probably mostly because of the memories it evokes
from The Sixties.
But indeed as a documentary it is well done,
and is of sociological and psychological and historical interest,
answering questions like "what was it like, what did it look like,
what did people say and wear" a.s.o., while playing a lot of live
video of The Beatles performing their music.
Above I provided the link to the useful lemma
Beatles Anthology in the Wikipedia, which opens as
The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary
series, a set of three double albums and a book, all of which focus
on the history of
The Beatles. The surviving members of the group participated in
the making and approval of the works, which are sometimes referred
to collectively as the Anthology project.
The Beatles Anthology documentary series was first
broadcast in November 1995, with expanded versions released on VHS
in 1996 and on DVD in 2003. The documentary used interviews with The
Beatles and their associates to narrate the history of the band as
seen through archival footage and performances. The initial volume
of the album set was released in conjunction with the documentary in
November 1995, with the subsequent two volumes released in 1996. The
albums included unreleased performances and outtakes presented in
roughly chronological order, along with two new songs based on demo
tapes recorded by
John Lennon after the group broke up. The book, released in
2000, paralleled the documentary in presenting the group's history
through quotes from interviews.
And has as further information i.a. (some links removed here):
Approximately coinciding with the release of the "Free
as a Bird" single and
Anthology 1 album (the first of three double-CD albums),
The Beatles Anthology series of documentaries was broadcast on
ITV in the United Kingdom and ABC television in the United States in
1995. The Anthology series takes a form similar to that of
the Anthology book, by being a series of first-person
accounts by the Beatles themselves, with no linking, external
"objective" narration. Footage in the Anthology series
features voice-over recordings of all four Beatles to push the
narrative of the story, with contributions from their producer, road
manager and others. As well as telling their story through archival
Ringo Starr and
George Harrison appear in interview segments recorded
exclusively for the series itself;
John Lennon appears only in historic archival footage. The
Beatles' wives past and present do not appear (excluding archival
footage such as video from India and the music video for Harrison's
The series, which was made over five years of planning and
production, is composed of numerous film clips and interviews that
present a complete history of the band from the Beatles' own
personal perspectives. The series was later released on VHS,
laserdisc and as a boxed set of five DVDs.
As I said, I found it interesting and likeable - with the setbacks
that I have now Beatle music between my ears, and it does take a
considerable amount of time to view all - and did so for various
reasons, including the memories it invokes in me, since I was 10-20
from 1960-1970, and the fact that it is history on video, also
in a way autobiographical, and that it is pretty extensive, detailed and
informed on its subject, as video, on the internet, which is a rather
new form of history, that on the internet goes beyond a
TV-documentary, supplemented as it is e.g. by the contents linked in
Category: The Beatles in the Wikipedia.
Incidentally, two points not made in the quoted abstracts are that
the Anthology covers 1960-1970 mostly, and that there are few persons interviewed: The
Beatles, their producer George Martin, and two managers, in various
capacities, Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall, appear in the interviews
made for the series, but no one else.
Also, it evidently is the version the three remaining Beatles
wanted to be publicly known / believed, and rather a lot that already at the time
was not my thing - hippiedom, drugs, LSD, the Maharishi (actually,
physically also, a minirishi with a squeaky voice), "All You Need Is
Love", as practical proposal to approach the problems of life, pop
mysticism, Indian music, and more - is fairly lightly touched upon in
Anyway... The Beatles may not be your thing, at all,
perhaps, but this sort of thing - well researched well
presented videos detailing (a view of) the history of something - is a
good way to present modern history, or the history of the 20th
Century, in a more interesting and indeed also rather different way
than when only told in a book, possibly with photographs.
And it would be nice if it in its turn could be somehow embedded in
a much more comprehensive history of the 20th Century or The Sixties
in multi media, as the phrase is. Since this - "multi media" - is
a phrase, the idea is not new, but I must say that I myself have only
seen a few rather disappointing CDs about history on the lines of such
a format, and little or nothing, in any extensive way, as yet, on the
internet - indeed,
The Beatles Anthology 1 etc. up to 9 sofar is the best I've seen of this
kind, which is another reason to mention it.
(*) I do not know how legal this is,
incidentally, nor do I know whether the original CDs are for sale.
As it is, and as the internet is, in the form I consumed it by way
of the internet, my guess is that it is mostly good advertisement to
buy the CDs if you like the music or the interviews. In any case: It
is available, and I think it deserves to be available as an
interesting video history of The Beatles, mostly as the - then -
three remaining Beatles wanted it to be publicly presented, and with
registrations of a lot of their music as performed live.
P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
And indeed more to follow in the present video mien, namely about
philosophy: Stay tuned - as the phrase is, since I did find some
interesting recent videos online about philosophy (and a lot more that
is less recent and mostly quite boring).
And maybe I should say that so far this year I have kept up with
Changes: Summaries of relevant changes on the site.