Times of trouble? Book, film cast Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ in happier light

LONDON (Reuters) – The recording of The Beatles’ final album “Let It Be” has gone down in the band’s lore as times of trouble, a gloomy harbinger of their break-up.

But half a century on, a new official book and documentary will offer a more detailed look at the famed sessions, using hours of previously unreleased footage and recordings to show events in a happier light.

“The Beatles: Get Back” will be released next August as a companion to a film by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson documenting the creation of the 1970 “Let It Be” album, the publishers said on Wednesday.

The book features transcribed conversations between John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from more than 120 hours of recordings during three weeks of sessions at the Twickenham Film Studios and then at The Beatles’ own Abbey Studios in 1969.

It culminates in the band’s famed final live appearance on the rooftop of their offices in central London.

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