The Late Movies: 9 Great Beatles Videos

Today (09-09-09) marks the landmark re-release of the entire Beatles catalog (thirteen albums plus two additional discs of non-album tracks) as boxed sets and individual discs, in two formats: the original mono recordings (the first four Beatles albums were originally released in mono), as well as new stereo remixed versions. Both versions are remastered to some extent, and this is the first time they've been so comprehensively packaged, added-onto and, indeed, promoted (read a review here). Also landing today is the Beatles Rock Band game, in which you can play along with the Fab Four at home. With all this hoopla, I thought we should take a look book at some great Beatles videos on YouTube.

"Don't Let Me Down" (Live on Rooftop, 1969)

From the famous Beatles rooftop concert. Check out the bobbies in the background with their helmet hats.

"Revolution" (Live, Circa 1968)

Straight-out rocking. By the way, did you know that "Revolution" was originally the B-Side for "Hey Jude"? On its town, the "Revolution" single charted at #12 in the US.

"Let It Be" (1970)

Read a surprisingly detailed article about the song on Wikipedia for more on this classic. Also, tell Paul his beard could use a trim.

"Hey Jude" (Live, Circa 1968)

Perhaps I'm showing my age (or lack thereof) by saying that whenever I hear this song now, I think of The Royal Tenenbaums. Awesome audience participation in the sing-along portion in this video.

"Something" (1969)

Musi video for "Something" which is effectively home movies of the various band members and their girlfriends wives (thanks, commenter Kristine!), including some fairly inappropriate goofing around on motorbikes. Huh? Also features: cavorting in the countryside, walking in the woods, ladies looking lovely.

"Get Back" (Live on Rooftop, 1969)

Another track from the rooftop concert with Paul looking shaggy as ever.

"Come Together" ("Rare Video" from 1969)

"Got to be good-lookin' 'cause he's so hard to see." See also: a live Lennon solo version and Michael Jackson's version.

"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (With "Rare Video" Circa 1965-1966)

As Wikipedia says: "It is notable as the first example of a rock band actually playing the sitar in one of their songs; it was played by George Harrison. The song is a lilting acoustic ballad featuring Lennon's lead vocal and signature Beatle harmonies in the middle eight."

"Yesterday" (Live, Circa 1966), Solo Performance By Paul

Well, solo plus orchestra.

Post Your Favorites!

Please find your favorite Beatles track on YouTube and post a link in the comments! I focused heavily on their later years (my favorites), but there's a deep, deep catalog here.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Life, In 20 Quotes
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Though he made his living as a writer, Ernest Hemingway was just as famous for his lust for adventure. Whether he was running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing for marlin in Bimini, throwing back rum cocktails in Havana, or hanging out with his six-toed cats in Key West, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author never did anything halfway. And he used his adventures as fodder for the unparalleled collection of novels, short stories, and nonfiction books he left behind, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea among them.

On what would be his 119th birthday—he was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899—here are 20 memorable quotes that offer a keen perspective into Hemingway’s way of life.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

ON TRUST

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

ON DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

"I never had to choose a subject—my subject rather chose me."

ON TRAVEL

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."


Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. [1], Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND HAPPINESS

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

ON TRUTH

"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."

ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PEOPLE

"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness, except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

ON SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

ON TAKING ACTION

"Never mistake motion for action."

ON GETTING WORDS OUT

"I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast—talk them or write them down."


Photograph by Mary Hemingway, in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

ON FINDING STRENGTH 

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

ON THE TRUE NATURE OF WICKEDNESS

"All things truly wicked start from innocence."

ON WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."

ON THE DEFINITION OF COURAGE

"Courage is grace under pressure."

ON THE PAINFULNESS OF BEING FUNNY

"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."


By Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. - JFK Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON KEEPING PROMISES

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

ON GOOD VS. EVIL

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."

ON REACHING FOR THE UNATTAINABLE

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

ON HAPPY ENDINGS

"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."

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