Faces to the Music

Like most of my generation, I’ve grown up listening to the Beatles but not spent much time looking at them, perhaps because their images are about as omnipresent, and therefore as invisible, as wallpaper.

Martin Scorsese’s collage-like documentary undertakes an unstructured if roughly chronological walkabout through the life and music of the “quiet Beatle” George Harrison, Living in the Material World, but it’s so full of images of George, John, Paul and Ringo as to serve as a revelation for younger eyes.

The Beatles’ most fervent fans are said to have screamed so loudly that their voices drowned out the music, but since then, especially in the digital era, the opposite has happened – it is the spirit of the band as conveyed by words, melody and rhythm that has effectively broken loose from that material world. George would surely approve.

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