What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.

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What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.

Introduction by "Beatlesologist" Scott Freiman

In 1964, documentarians Albert and David Maysles found themselves recording musical history while filming a visiting British band in the U.S. for the first time. That band was The Beatles, and the Maysles’ camera filmed the Fab Four having the time of their lives in New York, Washington D.C., and Miami Beach. In between legendary TV appearances and one ear-shattering concert after another, the Maysles find John, Paul, George, and Ringo taking it easy and cracking jokes, showing a candid side of the four lads from Liverpool.

"The Maysles brothers' film shows the Beatles to be not media creations but media geniuses, artists who saw their own image in the world and did something more dramatic, more profound, and more subtle than creating it or controlling it—they acknowledged it."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Introduction by "Beatleologist" Scott Freiman
Wednesday, Aug. 9 2023, 7:00
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Scott Freiman is a composer, a musician, software entrepreneur, and CEO of Qwire. He is the creator of Deconstructing The Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. He has presented his lectures to sold out audiences throughout North America and has also taught a 13-part course at Yale University entitled The Beatles in The Studio. Scott is featured in nine Deconstructing the Beatles films including films on the Birth of the Beatles, the 1963 Beatles, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, the White Album, and Abbey Road. In addition, his Deconstructing the Beatles’ Chords and Progressions DVD teaches songwriting using the music of the Beatles.

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2023 series.



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