1964. UK. Dir: Richard Lester. With The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell. 87 min.
It’s a day – well, more like a week – in the life of The Beatles: dodging mobs of screaming fans, messing with interviewers, looking after Paul’s treacherous (but clean!) grandfather, and chasing down a runaway Ringo. Hilarious shenanigans and beloved songs abound in the Fab Four’s screen debut, the film that effectively invented the modern music video.
Here’s some shoddy video footage from The Bea’les‘ now annual (and sadly under-advertised) performance yesterday afternoon on the WestCo Skybridge, a venue that could always use more love. That’s John Ryan ’14 screaming the McCartney vocals on “Oh! Darling,” and if you squint pretty hard, you can sort of see Mickey Capper ’13 climbing over the fence thing. The image quality is terrible because I had to reduce it in order to be able to upload this video on Wesleyan Internet speed, but on the bright side the sound is pretty good.
The band broke away from its typical one-Beatles-album-in-its-entirety format to perform various highlights from The White Album, Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s, and Rubber Soul. Here’s “I’m So Tired”:
Forgot to fill out your Teaching freakin’ Evaluations in time for eternal life? Chelsie Green ’14 sends in a much more interesting survey pertaining to a September music happening that will transcend time, space, and all earthly matter:
There is a student committee working with the CFA to plan The Mash, a music happening being planned for the Friday after classes begin (Sept. 7). Inspired by the Fête de la Musique in France, the event will kick-off the year-long celebration of Music & Public Life. It will open with a faculty band, continue with student bands playing all over campus and culminate in an alumni band (to be announced) on Foss. The band will lead a campus-wide play/sing along of a song everyone is encouraged to learn over the summer. The song is set to be some Beatles song, but it is up to the student body to choose, so please vote here.
More information about this event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, “Revolution 9” doesn’t appear on the ballot, but here’s what does: “Come Together,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Hey Jude,” “All You Need is Love,” “She Loves You.” So choose The Right One, guys. You know.
The Nagarote-Wesleyan Partnership is throwing a benefit concert at 200 Church tomorrow night:
Come support Wesleyan’s own The Stone Helms, The Last Minute, & The Bea’les for a night of great music for a great cause! All donations will benefit the Jeronimo-Lopez Youth Project in Nagarote, Nicaragua.
When: Thursday, November 20th @ 9 pm Where: 200 Church How much: $2
This semester, I’ve been hosting a Beatles radio show on our own WESU, 88.1 FM Middletown. For some craaazy reason, though, a lot of people are resistant to the idea of being up at 3 AM on Sunday night to listen to the show. To ensure that the Middletown and Wesleyan communities still get their healthy dose of the Fab Four, I’ve turned my show into a podcast. There are already five episodes up on the site, and a new one will appear every week!