Rare Beatles interviews to appear on Wippit

I can hear the bootleggers salivating.  It looks like the announcement of Beatle downloads, albeit in video news reels is a welcomed sight in the digital age.  It appears though, that there are some juicy tidbits of footage that are quite rare.  Hopefully, they will become available over here in the United States as well.  It looks like they have some good things happening. 

Hopefully the BBC, with it’s recently announced free archives, will be a treasure trove as well.  The London based digital download pioneer is adding to the rare Beatles catalogue of interviews and news reportage with a rare and sought after news documentary from 1966 and not aired in complete form since then.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Wippit, the London based digital download pioneer is adding to the rare Beatles catalogue of interviews and news reportage with a rare and sought after news documentary from 1966 and not aired in complete form since then.

The twenty-three minute film ‘The Beatles Across America’ aired only once by ITN follows The Beatles progress and particularly concentrates on the controversy that dogged the maligned US tour of 1966 following the interview given by John Lennon  five months earlier where he is said to have claimed The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’.  Lennon is seen defending himself and making something of an apology, but the fascinating rarities that will thrill music fans and historians are the one on one interviews with the man who first brought the issue to the attention of American Christians, DJ Tommy Charles from radio station WAQI in Birmingham, Alabama and  the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Robert Shelton who when challenged if it was their views on civil rights and colour that really irked him most claimed that due to their ‘mopheads’ he couldn’t even identify if they were ‘white or black’

Paul Myers, CEO and Founder of Wippit says, “It’s a stunning insight into the psyche of the time. The Beatles are unarguably the most popular act in music history and this engaging documentary demonstrates how culturally important they had become too.”

ITN’s head of music partnerships Ross Landau said: “The Beatles across America is one of ITN’s oldest documentaries filmed for the Roving Report strand. It was only aired once and captures the band at the pinnacle and most controversial period of their career in the USA”.

Wippit is offering the video download of ‘The Beatles Across America’ to all territories except North America for £4.99 from wippit.com/The_Beatles.

Source: Wippit.com

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