During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Cobert” on March 15, Ringo Starr shared his thoughts on Peter Jackson‘s Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, which is set to release on August 27.
Starr spoke about how the never-released footage from the filming of Michael Lindsay-Hogg‘s Let It Be, shown by Jackson touched his feelings on the original documentary, which he criticized for being “too miserable.”
Let It Be documented the band during recording sessions for their 12th studio album and drew particular attention to heated exchanges between Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
“I didn’t feel any joy in the original documentary, it was all focused on one moment which went down between two of the lads [McCartney and Harrison],” Starr said at a Zoom Q&A session on March 18 for his new EP Zoom In. “The rooftop concert [unannounced Beatles gig from the Apple Corps rooftop in 1969] was also only about seven to eight minutes long. With Peter’s [documentary] it’s 43 minutes long [laughs]. It’s about the music and a lot of joy.”
“Peter kept coming into LA with his iPad and he’d show me sections. He said, ‘Look what I’ve found here’ and he showed us laughing and having fun as a band. There was a lot of joy in making those records, those tracks so I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the whole thing. Even if you saw that little trailer that came out late last year, it’s full of fun,” he added.
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