The Daily Heller: To Let It Be? Or Not to Let It Be?

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That’s no longer a question! The Beatles have come together! Right now! Just for me! And for you, too!

On Nov. 25 (not a moment too soon), The Beatles Get Back—back to where they once belonged—in the hearts and minds of all of those who’ve loved just about everything they’ve ever done. (And I’m one of those people.) As the month draws to a close, Peter Jackson’s six-hour Beatles documentary The Beatles: Get Back will be released and the luscious Callaway Editions’ book of the same name is already available.

Oh, get back, yeah, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Yeah, get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged

The film is the long-anticipated reboot of the documentary chronicle of the last time the four Beatles got together in public to play music. The 240-page beautifully designed and produced hardcover, meanwhile, tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, The Beatles: Get Back also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi, the playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist. The book will be an essential complement to director Peter Jackson’s three-episode documentary series set to debut on Disney+ Nov. 25–27.

Every Beatlemaniac will be overjoyed by this duo of the Fab Four. I vividly recall awaiting the original Let It Be and have anxiously looked forward to a VHS or DVD version since the introduction of home players. Now, thanks to Jackson’s remix, remastering and reinterpretation of the film, and Nicholas Callaway’s read-along book, the experience of the Beatles’ final detente is with us for posterity.