The Beatles Announce ‘Get Back’ Book to Accompany New Peter Jackson-Directed Documentary in August 2021

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Director Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated feature-length documentary film, The Beatles: Get Back, is currently scheduled for release on Aug. 27, 2021 — and a companion book has now been announced by the Beatles to accompany the film chronicling the musical adventures of John, Paul, George and Ringo around the Let It Be era.

The Beatles: Get Back, the first official standalone Beatles book since The Beatles Anthology, will be published on Aug. 31, 2020 by Callaway Arts & Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd.

Per a news release, the Get Back book will be the perfect complement to Jackson’s film:

Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, THE BEATLES: GET BACK also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. The book’s texts are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert.

Here’s a trailer for the book:

The Get Back documentary film was originally supposed to be released on Sept. 4, 2020 — two weeks ago — but was pushed to 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it’s had on the film/entertainment industry as a whole.

When the film was first announced, it garnered interest stemming from its inclusion of previously unseen footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo:

The official news release states that the doc will include previously unseen footage of the Let It Be sessions, plus “the entire iconic rooftop concert, fully restored.”


Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions, “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

Said Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger in a statement regarding this definitive doc on John, Paul, George and Ringo:

“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday.


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