Last Thursday, September 15, was the Springfield, MO premiere of Ron Howard's Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week at the Moxie Cinema. (Those who have read Days in the Life will appreciate that the men's room at the Moxie had a resonant frequency of 73 Hertz: D2.) Ted Hutchens, who I met during my 2015 tour through Springfield and who was responsible for my return tour this year, was kind enough to buy me a ticket.
The film itself was extremely well made. Beatles history has been covered extensively, so it's not surprising that there wasn't much original information. It was nevertheless well researched, well structured, and well presented.
The strength of the film was capturing the emotional connection of fans. Whoopi Goldberg's interview in particular (her mother surprised her with tickets to the 1965 Shea Stadium concert) was quite touching. As a scholar, I try to be more objective and analytic in my studies, but this film helped capture the emotional side of the phenomenon.
I've not heard of any plans for a sequel, but if Eight Days A Week covers the touring years, then a follow-up covering the studio years would be most welcome.
Meanwhile, I drive to St. Louis today in preparation for tomorrow's presentation:
Monday, 19 September 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.