Tonight, the Rolling Stones
documentary Crossfire Hurricane
debuts on HBO. And not to be outdone, The Beatles
and Apple Corps Ltd. announced they have given the go-ahead to a new endeavor, The Bealtes Live Project
, that will ask fans and collectors to submit footage of The Beatles' tours between 1964 and 1966 for use in a new documentary.
Over the last few months, eagle-eyed You Tube fans have caught some remarkably edited live footage that combines amateur Super 8 with amateur sound--sometimes from different cameras at the same concert. These don't often stay online for very long before being pulled. But what we've seen has been remarkable.
Despite the chaos and often poor PA, the excitement of The Beatles shines through. It's especially evident in performances shot in 1964 and 1965 when the band was still keeping a grueling concert and recording schedule in the U.S. and around the world. Maybe they weren't the raw Über
bar band they were in Germany but during the early days of Beatlemania, The Beatles rocked
and could sound remarkably like--and often better--than their studio recordings.
If you or your family have footage or photographs of The Beatles on tour from 1964-1966, now's your chance to contribute to what will surely be a very cool documentary in the near future. Check out the website
for details. No matter how small your contribution may be, it could prove to be the missing piece to a concert. Good luck!