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DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES

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.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audience Q&A
  • Janet Maslin interviews
  • Mini-deconstruction videos

RELEASE DATE: 10/3/17

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