By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
Carter Alan had a crazy idea for the return of Carter’s Catalog: The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night movie was shot in black-and-white, so why not shoot his video in black-and-white? Your wish is our command, Carter.
Watch the video above for Carter’s thoughts on the Fab Four’s movie that chronicled a couple of days in the band’s hectic life, which premiered in July of 1964 and accompanied the album of the same name. Many critics were ready to attack the film before seeing it, but then realized they couldn’t say many bad things. The greatness of the Beatles was “something the entire world agreed on”, as Carter says, and the movie was no different.
He continues telling a great story about the time he went to see the movie with his sister, who at the time was another screaming teenage fan of the Beatles. The piercing screams from the crowd rippled through the Allentown, Pa. theater before the movie even started – and when it did, that’s when the real chaos started.
According to Carter’s story, a bunch of girls stormed the stage and tried to rip parts of the screen right off the wall, as if they could capture the faces of the band. They had to stop the movie and eventually restart it. That’s just a microcosm of how crazy Beatles fans went at the mere sight of the band, let alone even hearing their music.
A Hard Day’s Night was a one-of-a-kind experience in music whose influence cannot be measured, and we may never see anything like it ever again in music.
Photos courtesy AP.