Peter Jackson Directs The Beatles' Farewell Song: Unveiling Now and Then Music Video and Rare Footage

Following his critically acclaimed documentary Get Back, director Peter Jackson is continuing his relationship with the Beatles by directing his first-ever music video for the band's farewell song, Now and Then.

Peter Jackson Directs The Beatles' Farewell Song: Now and Then Music Video
Peter Jackson Directs The Beatles' Farewell Song: Now and Then Music Video


Unearthing Rare Beatles Footage

A few precious seconds of the Beatles performing in their leather suits, the earliest known film of the Beatles and never seen before," according to Jackson, will be included. Band videos that were not previously released will also be included.

Now and Then: A Blend of Past and Present

Now and Then features all four Beatles as well as guitar bits played by the late George Harrison in 1995 and vocals by John Lennon from a late 1970s demo before he died in 1980. 

AI Technology in Music Production

Jackson was part of the team that employed AI-assisted software to isolate Lennon's vocals from the demo recording. Jackson had previously used the technology to separate different portions of the recording process for songs that appeared on the Beatles' final albums Let It Be and Abbey Road. (19).

Jackson unveiled the Now and Then music video, saying that the concept "produced a combination of fears almost too strong to deal with." My never-ending Beatles obsession came to an abrupt halt when I realized how scary it would be to let everyone down. 

I had never done a music video before, and I was pretty anxious about starting one for a band that had broken up over 50 years earlier, hadn't really performed the song live, and had lost half of its members. It was going to be so much easier to run. I only needed some time to come up with a good reason not to accept the Beatles.

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The Creative Process Behind Now and Then

In a long statement, Jackson reveals that he was given an abundance of film, much of it from 1995, when Harrison, McCartney, and Ringo Starr were attempting to complete a version of Now and Then. 

The leather-suited performance film was provided by Pete Best, the original drummer of The Beatles, while "some great unseen home cinema material" was provided by Lennon's son Sean and Harrison's wife Olivia.

Jackson says he listened to Now and Then over and over in an effort to discover inspiration that "would somehow float up from the music." And that's when it began to happen. As I listened to the song, I felt as though ideas and images were popping into my head without my conscious effort.

He claims to have found "a collection of unseen outtakes in the vault, where the Beatles are humorous, freewheeling, and fairly candid." These provide the structure for our middle section, and we add humor to some footage that was filmed in 2023. The result is quite strange and provides the right amount of humor and melancholy for the video.

With that, Jackson says, "I'll remember that for years to come," adding that he is "genuinely proud" of the finished movie.

The Michael Jackson-directed movie Get Back garnered positive reviews upon its November 2021 premiere. It was made up of footage shot in the band's own studio that showed them regularly rehearsing songs live. 

However, because it lasted for eight hours, viewers thought it was a huge task. In a review, Alexis Petridis of the Guardian observed that "amidst acres of desultory chit-chat, moments of brilliance and intrigue are marooned."

Beatles Fans' Anticipation and George Harrison's Struggles

Conversely, despite their belief that Now and Then will never be released, Beatles fans have been anxiously anticipating its release.

 Two new Beatles songs from the 1995 sessions, Free As a Bird and Real Love, were included in the Anthology collection series and both reached the UK Top 10 upon release. But Harrison became impatient with Now and Then's incomplete status and gave up on finishing it.

Olivia Harrison revealed the completed version last week and stated, "Back in 1995, after several days in the studio working on the track, George decided the technical hurdles with the demo were insurmountable and determined that it was not possible to finish the track to a high enough standard." If he and his son Dhani had been here today, I'm sure he would have fully joined Paul and Ringo in completing the Now and Then recording.

Release Details and Legacy Continuation

The music video for "Now and Then" will be released alongside the song on Thursday, November 2 at 2:00 PM GMT. The flip side of the song's double A-side single marks the release of the band's debut hit, Love Me Do. Pop artist Ed Ruscha created the cover image.

"Now and Then - The Last Beatles Song," a brief documentary on the song, will have its live premiere on BBC One and YouTube on Wednesday, November 1st at 7.30 p.m. GMT.

The Beatles compilation albums 1967–1970, also known as "The Blue Album," and 1962–1966, sometimes known as "The Red Album," will be released on November 10 with Now and Then included.

Following his critically acclaimed documentary Get Back, director Peter Jackson is continuing his relationship with the Beatles by directing his first-ever music video for the band's farewell song, Now and Then.

"A few precious seconds of the Beatles performing in their leather suits, the earliest known film of the Beatles and never seen before," according to Jackson, will be included. Band videos that were not previously released will also be included.

Now and Then features all four Beatles as well as guitar bits played by the late George Harrison in 1995 and vocals by John Lennon from a late 1970s demo before his death in 1980. Jackson was part of the team that employed AI-assisted software to isolate Lennon's vocal from the demo recording. Jackson had previously used the technology to separate different portions of the recording process for songs that appeared on the Beatles' final albums Let It Be and Abbey Road. (19).

Jackson unveiled the Now and Then music video, saying that the concept "produced a combination of fears almost too strong to deal with." My never-ending Beatles obsession came to an abrupt halt when I realized how scary it would be to let everyone down. I had never done a music video before, and I was pretty anxious about starting one for a band that had broken up over 50 years earlier, hadn't really performed the song live, and had lost half of its members. It was going to be so much easier to run. I only needed some time to come up with a good reason not to accept the Beatles.

In a lengthy statement, Jackson reveals that he was given an abundance of film, much of it from 1995, when Harrison, McCartney, and Ringo Starr were attempting to complete a version of Now and Then. The leather-suited performance film was provided by Pete Best, the original drummer of The Beatles, while "some great unseen home cinema material" was provided by Lennon's son Sean and Harrison's wife Olivia.

Jackson says he listened to Now and Then over and over in an effort to discover inspiration that "would somehow float up from the music." And that's when it began to happen. As I listened to the song, I felt as though ideas and images were popping into my head without my conscious effort.

He claims to have found "a collection of unseen outtakes in the vault, where the Beatles are humorous, freewheeling, and fairly candid." These provide the structure for our middle section, and we add humor to some footage that was filmed in 2023. The result is quite strange and provided the right amount of humor and melancholy for the video.

With that, Jackson says, "I'll remember that for years to come," adding that he is "genuinely proud" of the finished movie.

The Michael Jackson-directed movie Get Back garnered positive reviews upon its November 2021 premiere. It was made up of footage shot in the band's own studio that showed them regularly rehearsing songs live. However, because it lasted for eight hours, viewers thought it was a huge task. In a review, Alexis Petridis of the Guardian observed that "amidst acres of desultory chit-chat, moments of brilliance and intrigue are marooned."

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Conversely, despite their belief that Now and Then will never be released, Beatles fans have been anxiously anticipating its release. Two new Beatles songs from the 1995 sessions, Free As a Bird and Real Love, were included on the Anthology collection series and both reached the UK Top 10 upon release. But Harrison became impatient with Now and Then's incomplete status and gave up on finishing it.

Olivia Harrison revealed the completed version last week and stated, "Back in 1995, after several days in the studio working on the track, George decided the technical hurdles with the demo were insurmountable and determined that it was not possible to finish the track to a high enough standard." If he and his son Dhani had been here today, I'm sure he would have fully joined Paul and Ringo in completing the Now and Then recording.

The music video for "Now and Then" will be released alongside the song on Thursday, November 2 at 2:00 PM GMT. The flip side of the song's double A-side single marks the release of the band's debut hit, Love Me Do. Pop artist Ed Ruscha created the cover image.

"Now and Then - The Last Beatles Song," a brief documentary on the song, will have its live premiere on BBC One and YouTube on Wednesday, November 1st at 7.30 p.m. GMT.

The Beatles compilation albums 1967–1970, also known as "The Blue Album," and 1962–1966, sometimes known as "The Red Album," will be released on November 10 with Now and Then included.

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