Watching Yesterday, the new film about a world without the music of the Beatles, I couldn’t help but think about all the times I’ve seen accomplished musicians butcher the lyrics to “Come Together” on stage during some of sort of climactic jam — even musicians who arguably owe their existence to the influence of the Fab Four. Liam Gallagher’s abysmal attempt to sing it at Dave Grohl’s CalJam two years ago comes to mind, but in his defense, it does have a lot of verses and weird word variations. Most of us would probably get something wrong without googling it or a lyric sheet.Imagine not being able to listen to the songs you love ever again and wanting to recreate them, at least by singing them, but having to remember all the verses and choruses from memory only. After struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) gets hit by a bus during a Y2K-style global blackout, he soon finds himself in this very position, realizing that the … [Read more...] about Review: To Enjoy Yesterday, All You Need is Beatles Love
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IMAGINE, for a moment, that the Beatles had never existed. Someone would have had to invent them, surely? Or reinvent them. That’s pretty much the thought animating Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’s collaboration on Yesterday, a new British musical comedy about dreams of stardom and unexplained phenomena. Aspiring singer-songwriter Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is struggling with his career. Living in the relatively unglamorous environs of Clacton-on-Sea, he’s a man with big dreams and a guitar, loved and supported by his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James) — but he’s far from famous. Until one day, during a mysterious global blackout, a car hits him and he comes round to find that nobody remembers the Beatles — apart from him! Naturally, he feels obliged to bring the legendary melodies of the Fab Four back to life. With a little help from his steely American agent, Debra (Kate McKinnon), Jack rises to … [Read more...] about Beatles film asks the audience to Imagine
Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 5:05 PM EDT Jun 27, 2019 After a freak accident during a brief global blackout, nobody remembers the music of the Beatles, save for one lowly English singer-songwriter. That's the fun, fascinating premise of "Yesterday," a light comedy which presents a fresh a way to reevaluate the cultural impact of the Beatles by, in essence, reintroducing their music to the world. But "Yesterday" is such an unabashed love letter to the Fab Four that it misses its opportunity to truly examine what made their catalog resonate on a global scale, and doesn't properly contextualize their impact against today's cultural landscape. Maybe it's not meant to, perhaps it's just a lark, and as a vehicle for servicing Beatles songs, it has its charms. But with such grand material to work with, "Yesterday" feels like it takes the easy way out. Himesh Patel is Jack Malik, a struggling rocker who becomes the lone keeper … [Read more...] about Review: Beatles tale ‘Yesterday’ could use a little help
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 11:32 PM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Russ Gibb, the farsighted arts lover and entrepreneur who helped ignite Detroit's live rock scene, died Tuesday in Garden City after a series of medical struggles. The longtime Dearborn resident was 87. Gibb — a larger-than-life character known to local music fans as "Uncle Russ" — transformed the Grande Ballroom into Detroit's psychedelic-rock palace in 1966, a game-changing move that launched an indelible chapter in Detroit music history. It was just one hallmark in a colorful life that included decades as a beloved video-production teacher at Dearborn High School. Gibb, who had been battling health issues the past several years, was rushed Tuesday afternoon to Garden City Hospital after suffering respiratory distress while at the Heartland rehabilitation center in Dearborn Heights. He died Tuesday evening at the hospital, said Andy Fradkin, a former student of … [Read more...] about Russ Gibb — Detroit rock visionary and ‘Paul is dead’ prankster — dies
NEW YORK — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is charmingly irritated. Then he . he . he strides up to her, throws a fake punch in the air at her, opens his fist and shoves his palm into her face, slamming her onto the ground. She looks up at him with what appears to be mild exasperation. She rubs her injured neck. The rom-com musical score plays on. So begins 1940's "The Philadelphia Story": with a case of domestic assault played for laughs. Eight decades later, the movie is clearly two things: uneasy fare for a post-#metoo culture — and an enduring American classic. They exist throughout society's pop-culture canon, from movies to TV to music and beyond: pieces of work that have withstood time's passage but that contain actions, words and depictions about race, gender and sexual … [Read more...] about Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire?