Synopsis by Perry Seibert
The effects of endless attention and the first backlash against the band are the subjects of The Beatles Anthology 4: August '64 to August '65. Utilizing interviews produced specifically for this documentary, archival footage, and a wealth of music, episode four of The Beatles Anthology opens with the band on its second U.S. tour. The beginning of the episode is chock full of live clips, press conferences, and screaming girls. The boys begin to bristle at the lack of freedom they have on the road, but do get to meet one of their idols, Bob Dylan. The release of Beatles for Sale, as well as performances of "I'm a Loser" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" show Dylan's influence on the band's writing. Clips from their second movie, Help, are interspersed with recollections about making the film as well as an explanation that the band's drug of choice shifted from alcohol to marijuana during this time. The band's growing depth as songwriters is explored when Paul, George, and Ringo discuss how autobiographical the song "Help" was for John, as well as when Paul discusses the creation of "Yesterday." The band also discusses George's growing talent as a songwriter. The first scandal hits the group when they are awarded the Medal of the British Empire (MBE). Many feel they are undeserving, while others feel that the reward bestowed by the crown for good service to the country is meaningless. This is the first occasion where the Beatles face bad press. This episode ends with the boys being introduced by Ed Sullivan at their historic Shea Stadium concert.
band [music group], British, career-retrospective, concert-footage, rock-music