You know the words: “I want to hold your hand, i want to hold your hand!” That is exactly what this documentary on The Beatles’s touring years does as it guides you through a timeline of their best albums, their international concerts and other concurrent historical events that capture the zeitgeist of the era. Not much new can be said about The Beatles: they stand out in both the annals of music history and the hearts of millions of fans, and their iconography still influences popular culture. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, however, is not encumbered by the excess of information, but provides beautiful remastered footage and photographs of the fab four building their musical repertoire, one screaming fangirl at a time.
I attended Anime Boston 2015 last weekend. I had loads of fun and very little drama, despite being one of 26,000+ people cramming into the Hynes Convention Center. This was the year of giant robots and heinous monsters, where Marco Polo was deemed dead and The Beatles were alive. I got to interview Mona Marshall, catch up with friends, and I actually managed to attend a third of the events on my To Do List! A new personal record!
I will be the first to admit that I’m not a screaming fangirl when it comes to music. TV shows and films are another matter entirely, but I’m not about to sit in front of a screen and scream every time someone in One Direction moves. My mom was a soft-rock and folk music kind of girl: Joni Mitchel, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan are still among her favorite artists. But, apparently, my mom was a screaming fangirl…when it came to the Beatles, that is.
Today marks 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on American television, on the Ed Sullivan show. My mom recalls being obsessed with the group before they were on the show, what with hearing their music on the radio and owning all their records. She and her classmates were counting down the days until the band was going to be on their TVs.