Beatles Doc At The Avon

(10.20) Still time to catch Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary “Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years” at the Avon Cinema . .  at least through Thursday. It starts with early footage in Hamburg and Liverpool, but the primary focus of the film is the touring from 1962 to 1966, with lots of previously unseen and beautifully restored footage, and the sound is much better than one might expect.

The movie proper is followed by a 30 minute concert reel of the Shea Stadium Concert which is a blast. While the Beatles were becoming increasingly disenchanted with touring and performing, they sure look like they are having a great time. Musicians will be amazed at the sound system — a handful of amps dot the stage, feeding into the tiny, tinny speakers on the stadium towers. They had about three roadies.

And, as if we needed another reason to love these guys, Rolling Stone Magazine tells of their history-making visit to Jacksonville, Florida.

Seats at the Gator Bowl were to be separated by race, but the band refused to perform until they were assured that the audience would be mixed. Rather than risk a riot of disappointed Beatle fans, the promoters acquiesced, integrating the venue and setting a precedent for all future Beatle performances to come. “We played to people,” says Starr. “We didn’t play to those people or that people – we just played to people.”

Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street, (directions)

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