Callaway Arts & Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd. have announced the forthcoming official standalone book, THE BEATLES: GET BACK.
Accompanying Peter Jackson’s documentary film of the same name, GET BACK will follow the creation of The Beatles‘ final studio album, Let It Be. The 240-page book begins in January 1969 — the group’s final year as a band — and will explore the album process in their own words, presenting transcribed conversations from over 120 recorded hours of their studio sessions. Text will be edited by leading music writer John Harris from original conversations between John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spanning three weeks of recording, which eventually culminated in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert at their Apple Corps headquarters in London. Hundreds of previously unpublished images, including those from Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, will also be included in the hardcover, along with a foreword from Jackson and an introduction from acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi.
While many think that the Let It Be sessions were the most tumultuous times for The Beatles, Kureishi believes otherwise. “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work,” he wrote in his introduction. “And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire.”
THE BEATLES: GET BACK releases August 31, 2021 while Jackson’s documentary premieres August 27, 2021.
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