Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: 40th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Rooftop Concert

It was 40 years ago yesterday: The Beatles went to the rooftop to play. Their concert on January 30, 1969, on top of Apple Studios came at the end of "Let It Be." The film, recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple, both in London, shows the band rehearsing for a regular concert that never took place and captures an undercurrent of tension just before their breakup–tension that each one spoke about subsequently. 

The rooftop concert served as a reminder of the music that brought The Beatles and their fans worldwide so much joy. It was their first live performance since their concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on August 29, 1966, and, broken up by the police in the midst of a workday, it was to be their last. After their rendition of "Get Back," shown above, John Lennon said, "I'd like to say 'thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!" Indeed they did, but they were soon to go their separate ways.

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