The long-rumored film about the recording of the last official Beatles album might be coming your way in 2020.
While there has been no official confirmation on Peter Jackson’s documentary about the Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ sessions, an October release date has been announced for what appears to be a companion book.
The book, ‘Get Back: The Beatles‘ is now available for pre-order. At present time only a release date has been given for the book, but the publisher claims that the book “is the authorized story of the making of the ‘Let It Be’ album and the Beatles’ breakup, told through exclusive photographs, transcripts of the recording sessions and an essay by [British playwright and novelist] Hanif Kureishi.”
Last year director Jackson announced he was working with 55 hours of previously unseen film shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and 140 hours of audio the band recorded in January 1969. In Jackson’s words, the footage “is an amazing historical treasure trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.”
He continued, “Watching John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating, it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”
‘Get Back,’ which began filming 51 years ago, was an attempt by the Beatles to return to their roots after the internal discord that was the ‘White Album’ sessions. All fans were left with were scenes of the band at its lowest point with members visibly uncomfortable. The live performance on top of Abbey Roads studios that accompanied the sessions would be the last live performance ever for the band.
As most fans know, while ‘Let It Be’ would be the last released album, it was not the last recorded work by the quartet. That title belongs to ‘Abbey Road,’ which in its majesty proved that the band still had a lot to say musically. Needless to say, an official document of the recording sessions would be among the most treasured gifts for not only Beatles fans, but also for all music historians.