DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES REVIEWED
“Deconstructing the Beatles” was a four part film series of lectures that Abramorama released at the start of the month. Due to the sheer glut of material released in a short amount of time, I’ve only just recently finished it. What can you say about nearly 6 hours of academic breakdowns of 4 classic Beatles albums? When I was working on Interpolation (cough I get the rights back in 6 weeks cough), this was my research dream. Now, it feels like academic wankery.
As long-term readers can tell from my inane knowledge of Marvel characters and archaic animation, I live for the trivial. Musicologist Scott Freiman does amazing work getting a mixed audience to embrace higher concepts about popular music. But, what presented here couldn’t be gleamed by a smart kid on a deep Wikipedia dive? The answers are confounding, but they are to be expected.
A ton of the material here could’ve been compressed. It’s almost as though you could see the root idea of turning this material into a TV series. However, deep academic dives don’t thrive on TV anymore. When A&E is resorting to reality TV, then you know that the bottom has fallen out of this thing. Still, give it a shot. You will be fascinated.
- Audience Q&A
- Janet Maslin interviews
- Mini-deconstruction videos
RELEASE DATE: 10/3/17
Video - 88%
Audio - 87%
Supplemental Material - 93%
Film Score - 93%
The Plot Thus Far
PART 1: DECONSTRUCTING THE WHITE ALBUM
The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) was not only the band’s best-selling album, it was the best-selling album of the entire 1960’s. Now you can experience this remarkable record as never before. In Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album, a multimedia lecture, “Beatleologist” Scott Freiman gets under the hood of this groundbreaking album and shows us what made it run so well.
PART 2: DECONSTRUCTING SGT. PEPPER
In August, 1966, the Beatles played their nal concert (at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park). They had decided to stop touring – and no one knew how to be a band without playing gigs. After that last show, George Harrison said, “Well, I guess I’m not a Beatle anymore.” Of course, we now know they more than met the challenge, producing one of rock’s greatest albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
PART 3: DECONSTRUCTING REVOLVER
The Beatles’ 1966 masterpiece, Revolver, saw the band expanding its musical horizons by using the studio as another instrument. Along with Rubber Soul, this marks an exceptionally fruitful period, as the band transitioned from the playful Mop Tops to psychedelic musical adventurers.
PART4: DECONSTRUCTING RUBBER SOUL
In October 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task — produce a new album of original music for a Christmas release. Within one month, The Beatles had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums— Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides of the single, as well as the album, hit number one on the charts.