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The Beatles Week

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Ok, it’s not an official holiday, but damn it it should be! Whatever you want to call them, The Mop-Tops, The Four Lads That Shook The World, John, Paul, George and Ringo. Or indeed, The Beatles, you cannot deny their impact on the world, popular culture, and most importantly the music world.

Now a lot has been said about their greatness, and I don’t feel the need to add to the plethora of works that exist. I am merely a huge fan, and am going to let you make of that what you will. There are a treasure trove of things on the way, all to do with The Beatles.

The Beatles Rock Band hits the Wii, PS3, X-Box 360 next wedesday, the 9th of September. Also on that day, the complete reissued and remastered copies of The Beatles back catalogue. From Paul’s eponymous “1,2,3,4” start to I Saw Her Standing There on Please Please Me (1963), to the prophetic, “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make”, from The End. The last song (unless you count Her Majesty) from 1969’s Abbey Road. The albums have merely been restored to the way they should have always sounded.

BBC 2 and BBC 4 are starting Beatles Week tonight on BBC 2. The schedule of programming is as follows:

Sat 5th September:

BBC 2:

9.40 p.m. : Timewatch : Beatlemania. An insight into The Beatles life on the road.

10.30 p.m. : The Beatles On Record : How the band developed in the studio over the years.

11.30 p.m. : Help! The Beatles second feature film. Not bad, but suffers from performances under the influence (ahem, of the herbal jazz cigarettes) and lacks the energy of A Hard Day’s Night, but a good fun film nonetheless.

Sunday, 6th September:

BBC 4:

8.00 p.m. : Storyville: How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin : How The Beatles’ music may have contributed to the downfall of Communism in Russia.

9.00 p.m. : The Beatles On Record (rpt.)

10.00 p.m. : Pop Britannia: The history of British Pop Music.


Now stop reading, and go slap on The White Album. Great buzz of that album………


Written by thepanch

September 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

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