Composing the Beatles Songbook (Lennon and McCartney: 1957-1965). By The Beatles. Live/DVD. DVD. MVD #PGDVD106. Published by MVD (HL.321202).
This independent documentary film reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers. From the day they met in 1957 until the release of the Rubber Soul album at the end of 1965, the film dissects and contrasts, reassesses and ultimately provides one of the finest films made about the band during this period. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, this program discovers the true story of how those classic songs were written. It features contributions from: friends Barry Miles, Klaus Voorman and Maureen Cleaves; musicians Alan Moore and Chris Ingham; journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] and Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone]; authors Johnny Rogan, Pete Doggett, Steve Turner and Nigel Williamson and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. 1 hour, 19 minutes.
Songs: Love Me Do • She Loves You • Can't Buy Me Love • Hard Day's Night • Help • Yesterday • I'm a Loser • You've Got to Hide Your Love Away • Nowhere Man • Norwegian Wood • Michelle • and many others.