Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972
Voormann (Actor), Paul Gambaccini (Actor)
An Emily Blunt Review
are (- can be -) a marvel. If done correctly, the film maker opens
up a behind-the-scenes view of their subject you'd otherwise never
be privy to.
is the case in one pure gem of a doc practically no one’s
seen called, Composing
Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972.
Another odd title with dynamic content.
goes ...Through point-blank conversation and detailed
accounts the time of transition from being a Beatle to just being…watching
two close friends and musical geniuses grow. And, even after 101910
Beatle docs, this is fresh.
we know Paul was set forth as “The Cute One”, and
therefore the least to be slaughtered, to announce the end of
The Fab Four. A precise measure to ease the blow …But, realities
were far from simple. Some truths were known; the men had grown,
got new significant others, and the group needed a kind of divorce.
only way to grow, for John and Paul at least, was to go in separate
directions. That, and Apple and money men were very much Big Blue
Meanies into which McCartney marched straight into a long Shakespearian-like,
not-so-cute battle with.
Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972 has
marvelous clips and footage for any Beatle fan (including the
Mike Douglas Show Lennon take over!). But it’s so much more.
If you’re a music fanatic – the sort that enjoys the
nitty gritty of what went into say the ultra-personal “God”
by John Lennon, or McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”
in it’s first incarnation as a simple raw ballad of love.
You can not get this fast enough.
Keep your eye out for the teams; there’s clearly a couple
of pro-John vs. Pro-Paul talkers, and kudos to the editors for
snipping some clever bites together for a grand giggle, if you’ve
just gotten, what was said between the lines; or snarked at at
a clip with a bit of raw bite for that matter.
in a not so between them their lines, is a chat about the infamous
musical tantrum Lennon created and aimed at McCartney’s
jugular in, “How Do You Sleep.” John was never one
to hold back…ahem. But, in this song he attacks Paul on
every level. The story you’ll watch behind the venom is
any musical-lovers delight. But, in the end, the song is akin
to say having had John drunk dialed and left a rant on a machine
that goes viral. Or worse he went on FaceBook and talked about
an ex-lover’s sexual abilities and other secrets couples
keep. Simply not kosher amigo; just mean.
being said, viewers will be rewarded with an immediate post “How
Do You Sleep” eye-opener that proves the whole thing was
simply a venting in a man’s time of life when emotions were
high, and there was a deep love that had a fierce arrow plunged
through; Lennon’s reaction was precisely what one should
have expected….he’s a musician. He used his artillery
ultimate take away from the piece is how similar these two remarkable
talents were, while being so completely different. Each did precisely
what they wanted; touring etc., with wives, political involvement
(John), family first (Paul) and each needed a partner right there
with them either as another Beatle or in the form of a wife. Be
forewarned, this is by no means a mop-top Hard Day’s Night
kinda feel-good romp. It is a grown up look at two of music’s
most important contributors of all time. And it is as fascinating
as it is long; in a very good way. But, say you’ve the attention
span of a gnat? This is most certainly not for you. Composing
Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972
relentlessly entertaining document on a couple of remarkable friends
who broke up, acted out, grew up, grew out and lived a long and
Recommendation: Marmalade Skies and Apple pies
in an English Garden with Uncle Albert and Mother.