It was 40 years ago today…

30 January, 2009 at 12:52 pm (Historical Figure, Movie to Watch, Music)

…that The Beatles played their very last live performance. The band was in a bad place – infighting, on the verge of breaking up. (All this can be seen in the film “Let It Be“, which I’ve never been able to bring myself to watch – too depressing.) But in the midst of all this turmoil was this last live performance. It was on the rooftop of the Apple Corps offices, completely to the surprise of everyone on the street below. It was broken up by the police, which sounds dramatic, but was actually fairly anticlimactic. (And for those tragic cases out there that have seen “Across the Universe” but know nothing of The Beatles – this is where the last scene in the film comes from)

So, in honor of the anniversary of this impromptu concert, I’m posting it, of course. I’ve found it in three parts on YouTube…

Part 1: “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down”

Part 2: “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “One After 909”

Part 3: “Dig a Pony” and “Get Back” (again)


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