Peter Jackson used technology to reveal John Lennon and George Harrison’s secret studio chats

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John Lennon and George Harrison attempted to cover up their private conversations by strumming their guitars loudly while being filmed for classic Beatles film Let It Be.


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The Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson uncovered the Fab Four pair’s ruse while researching his new three-part The Beatles: Get Back docu-series, which debuted on Disney+ last week, using footage originally captured by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for his 1970 film.

Jackson was able to use technology to turn down the volume on the guitarists’ instruments to make their chatter audible.

“It’s a little bit naughty,” Jackson told The Independent . “We came to realize that John and George in particular were very aware that their private conversations were being taped.

“Michael (Lindsay-Hogg) hid microphones everywhere to try and capture candid conversations, but what John and George used to do was turn their amps up loud and strum their guitars – not playing anything – so that’s all Michael’s microphones were recording. They were in this sort of running battle.”


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The Let It Be film and Jackson’s revamp chronicles the Beatles’ efforts to write, record and rehearse new songs at Twickenham Studios in London ahead of a planned rooftop concert, which was to be the group’s last.

Members of the group and fans have often criticized Lindsay-Hogg’s film for being a miserable depiction of the demise of the Fab Four, whereas surviving members of the group, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, are raving about the new docu-series.

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“Paul actually said to me when he saw it, ‘That’s a very accurate portrait of how we were then’,” Jackson said. “I get the feeling there’s no concern about their image anymore.

“I tried to portray them as I was seeing them (and) the band themselves didn’t want a whitewash, they didn’t want it sanitized.”


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Yoko Ono has shared an article made up of fans’ messages supporting her over claims she caused the break up of the Beatles.

The late John Lennon’s widow has often been accused over the years of being the one who was behind the iconic Liverpool band’s demise in 1970, but in Peter Jackson’s new Disney+ documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, it’s clear she was notably very much in the background amid the group’s final recordings.

Yoko could be seen busying herself with knitting and reading the newspaper in the clips.

The article she posted by Uproxx features the headline: “Beatles Fans Think ‘Get Back’ Dispels The Idea That Yoko Ono Broke The Band Up And Peter Jackson Agrees.”


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Yoko later tweeted: “Our positive consciousness & resulting inner peace are the only elements which will heal our world. Now is the time we have to all focus on inner peace and replace the struggle with positive thoughts.”


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McCartney previously insisted he didn’t think Yoko caused the breakdown of the Beatles, adding he felt she was only involved because of her love for John.

He said, “We thought she was intrusive because she used to sit in on the recording sessions and we’d never had anything like that.

But looking back on it, you think, ‘The guy was totally in love with her. And you’ve just got to respect that’. So we did. And I do.”



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