Beatles’ Legacy Celebrated

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You might be interested in buying this if you like: The Beatles. Tell me more: What do members of the Beach Boys, Badfinger and Bangles, and actors Henry Winkler, Sir Ben Kingsley and Jon Voight have in common?

All are among the dozens of notables who share fascinating tales relating to the Fab Four on the forthcoming documentary “Beatles Stories” set for release on July 7 in honor of Ringo Starr’s 72nd birthday.

Filmmaker/author/singer-songwriter/Beatles fan Seth Swirsky set out in 2005 to document personal reflections from famous and not-so-famous personalities on both sides of the Atlantic to recount a wealth of stories ranging from revealing events that played out when the members of the band were teens just starting out in Liverpool to seminal events that played out during the height of Beatlemania and incidents involving John, Paul, George and Ringo following the breakup of the group.

Brian Wilson, Susanna Hoffs, Justin Hayward, Art Garfunkel, Graham Nash and Denny Laine (of Moody Blues and Paul McCartney & Wings fame) provide some of the best moments in the wonderful film.

It is bittersweet to see recently-lost names such as Monkees singer Davy Jones, Andrew Gold, one-time Capitol Records president Alan Livingston and Norman “Hurricane” Smith featured in some of their last interviews, but that sobering element of loss enhances the importance of Swirsky’s winning film.

“Beatles Stories” is a must-see for fans of rock’s greatest band, as well as anyone who loves classic rock ‘n’ roll.

In addition to the “Beatles Stories” documentary itself, the DVD/Blu-ray release has many bonus materials including more than a dozen additional interviews including with famed Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, a commentary track by Swirsky and a short feature on the aforementioned Normal “Hurricane” Smith, the Beatles’ long-time recording engineer who worked with Sir George Martin on the majority of Beatles recordings in the 1960s.

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