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“We’re having fun, we’re playing, you know,” said Ringo of his reaction when he saw some of the footage.
Ringo Starr has been sharing his thoughts and early impressions of the much-anticipated The Beatles: Get Back documentary. The film, directed by Peter Jackson, had been due for release this summer by Apple Corps Ltd and WingNut Films, distributed by Disney. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s now scheduled for 21 August 2021.

Starr was speaking at a virtual press conference earlier this week to publicise plans for his 80th birthday celebrations on 7 July. He revealed that he had seen some portions of Jackson’s new interpretation of the many hours of footage filmed around the making of The Beatles’ Let It Be album. Notably, he added, of the group’s famous rooftop performance that will be central to the upcoming documentary.
“I’d only seen the on-the-roof stuff”
“I was disappointed [when the film’s release was delayed] because, I mean, I’d only seen the on-the-roof stuff that Peter edited together,” said Ringo. He observed that the new treatment vastly expands on Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be and casts the album sessions in a new and much more positive light.
“It was, I’m guessing ten minutes long,” said Ringo of the rooftop edit in the earlier film. “It’s now 36 minutes long and it is incredible…you know, he was still putting the rest of the documentary together his way.
“We have plenty to play with”

“You know how it started,” Ringo continued. “We found 56 hours of unused footage. So we have plenty to play with. And I always believed that the one that came out was a bit dull and it stuck to one second of what happened between the boys.
“When he comes into L.A.,” explained Ringo of his meetings with Jackson. “I’ll bring up his iPad Theater [app, to view the footage] and he’ll show me ‘Look, we’re all laughing or telling jokes. We’re having fun, we’re playing, you know, we’re always playing and there’s a lot more joy.” Starr concluded by explaining that Jackson has not been able to return to the studio since February.



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The legendary band played for the last time on the roof of the Apple Building in London in 1969 – and now fans will finally be able to see it for themselves
Ringo, who turns 80 on Tuesday, said: “I have only seen on the roof, and on the roof stands on its own.
“In the original documentary it was say 12 minutes, and he has got it up to 45. It is really, really great. It is really really good.”
The history books say the show lasted 42 minutes before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume.
Ringo has revealed the Beatles’ final performance will be shown in full for the first time by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
It ultimately became the final public performance of their career and a 45 minute version featuring them setting up and finishing will be something many Beatles fans will long to see.
Ringo added that Jackson has found the joy in the Fab Four’s last recording sessions, which were believed to have been plagued by arguments.

Earlier this week, Ringo announced he will virtually reunite with Paul on for an 80th birthday party online next week because of the coronavirus.
Ringo – who has held special ‘Peace and Love’ celebratory concerts to mark his birthday on July 7 for the past 12 years – is bringing together the likes of Sheryl Crow and former bandmate Sir Paul for a star-studded home event.
Ringo, who has been quarantined at his Beverly Hills mansion for 11 weeks said at the time: “I love birthdays. This year is going to be a little different. There’s no big get-together, there’s no brunch for 100 and no gangs of people outside.
“But we’re putting this show together – a TV hour of music and chat. I had big plans for all my kids and grandkids coming from England and my pals to have a huge thing .
”I don’t expect anyone to get on a plane and I certainly won’t be getting on a plane to go anywhere else.
“This year, I want everyone to be safe at home – so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me.”
The Beatles: Get Back is released on September 4.


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Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Dua Lipa and more are among 1,500 artists who have signed an open letter calling for support for the UK’s live music scene. Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones and Coldplay also signed the letter to the culture secretary warning of the impact of Covid-19 on venues and musicians.

It says the music industry faces “mass insolvencies”, with gigs and festivals unlikely to return until 2021.

The organisers said there had already been “hundreds of redundancies”. Job losses have been reported across venues, agencies and promoters, they said.

The letter to Oliver Dowden reads: “With no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.”

It calls for a “clear, conditional timeline” for reopening venues without social distancing, as well as financial support and a VAT exemption on ticket sales.
Image caption Skepta was also among the signatories

Eric Clapton, Beverley Knight, Little Mix and Skepta are among the other stars to have added their names to the campaign, entitled Let the Music Play.

In response, a spokeswoman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the government was “already providing unprecedented financial assistance which many music organisations and artists have taken advantage of”, pointing to loans and the job retention scheme: “We recognise that this pandemic has created major challenges for the sector and are working closely with them to develop comprehensive guidance for performances and events to return as soon as possible,” she said.
Music venues have been closed since mid-March, and the government has not given a date for the return of live performances.

Writing on Twitter, the culture secretary said he was looking to provide the music industry with a “clear roadmap back” and fixed dates for when venues could reopen.

Mr Dowden added: “These involve v difficult decisions about the future of social distancing, which we know has saved lives.”
Research carried out by Media Insight Consulting and published alongside the open letter suggested the UK music industry contributed £4.5bn to the UK economy in 2019 and supported 210,000 jobs, across a range of different professions.
Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, said: “When people think about Britishness I hope that they’re talking these days about Stormzy through to the Beatles.”People kind of assume it is a just a self-fulfilling industry that doesn’t really need much help – rock and grime and pop – but actually it needs help sometimes and right now it really does.”



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“John said ‘Nowhere Man’ came only after he’d given up on writing. The song arrived on Rubber Soul, the 1965 record George Harrison called the band’s “first fully fledged pothead album.” On this track, John sang about a character who’s “as blind as can be” and doesn’t even manage to have a point of view.

When John spoke about composing “Nowhere Man,” he stressed how different the songwriting experience was for him.
By the time The Beatles tackled “Nowhere Man” in October ’65, they had completed several key tracks for Rubber Soul. “Drive My Car,” the opener by Paul McCartney, and “If I Needed Someone,” George to the California sound, were already on tape.

The same goes for “In My Life” and “Norwegian Wood,” two John had brought to the studio earlier in the Rubber Soul sessions. But John would still come out with “Nowhere Man,” a song that came to him after a long night of frustrating attempts at writing.

In his ’60s Beatles biography, Hunter Davies quoted John explaining how his frustrations ceased. “I’d actually stopped trying to think of something,” John said. “Nothing would come. I […] went for a lie down, having given up. Then I thought of myself as Nowhere Man, sitting in this Nowhere Land.”

Looking back on writing “Nowhere Man” in 1980, John continued the story. “[It] came, words and music, the whole damn thing, as I lay down,” he told David Sheff in All We Are Saying. “So letting it go is what the whole game is.”
‘Nowhere Man’ became 1 of the last new songs The Beatles performed live.

When The Beatles embarked on their final tour, they had just finished Revolver (1966), an album with several songs they wouldn’t consider playing live.
The final Beatles live sets only featured songs up to Rubber Soul. But the Fab Four also passed on most of that album on their ’66 tour.
However, “Nowhere Man” was one of two Rubber Soul tracks to make the cut. (George’s “If I Needed Someone” was the other.)