Friday, February 10, 2012

First Footage

February 10, 1962

Video Cap from the First Footage
 Today is likely the date of the first moving images of the Beatles.  It is a poor quality 8mm home movie with no sound.  It took place certainly around Valentines Day, based on the heart shaped stage decorations.  Pete Best, probably the most reliable authority we have on the subject, puts it at St Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall in Birkenhead, across the Mersey from Liverpool.  (There is some controversy about  it, but this is my story and I'm sticking to it.)

It's the Zapruder film of Beatle history and here is a wonderful web page dedicated to that one short clip.  I love how Paul handles his Hofner bass as if he's chopping wood.

Meantime, having gotten all that he feels he can from them, Brian Epstein finally severs contact via letter with the people at Decca.

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