The Beatles are looking for your priceless home movies of the band. The group's company, Apple, is currently in the initial stages of developing The Beatles Live Project!, which will focus heavily on fan shot and recorded personal momentous.
The band issued a statement reading in part:
"Digging deep into the world's TV and radio archives and fans' basements and attics, the hunt is on for never-before-seen media captured during the Beatles' concert tours dating back to October of 1963 -- when the name 'Beatlemania' was coined -- and continuing through the Beatles' final concert in Candlestick Park (August 29th, 1966). The project has commissioned global research teams and developed social media tools to collaborate with the public, concert goers, and students -- in every location where the Beatles performed!"
"The ultimate goal: to combine footage, images, music interviews, and stories in a definitive, emotional and visceral feature film about 'Beatlemania.' Production company OVOW Productions Inc. has assembled a global team of archivists, collectors, information specialists, artists, social media strategists, amateur media groups, Beatles fan clubs, writers, academics, and film restoration experts to support the activities in the field. The research will be active through December of 2012."
"The Footage Exploration Challenge: Were you there? Were your parents there? Your grandparents? Now, fans from all over the world can become a true part of Beatles history by contributing their original footage, photos, or audio recordings of the Beatles in concert."
Paul McCartney says that after all these years, he's quite comfortable looking back and discussing the Beatles' career: "Y'know, I'm very proud of everything that we did with the Beatles. In truth looking back, I kinda can't believe it. Y'know, we were just working, each day year-in, year-out making records. Now that it's over, the Beatles is a body of work now, so I can look back on it, kind of dispassionately and judge it for what it is."
We asked Ringo Starr what, if anything, in the Beatles' long and historic career means the most to him at the end of the day: "Y'know, the big thrill for me, we made that music a long time ago and the music holds up. And that's something I'm proud of. Y'know, maybe our dress sense has changed but the music holds up. Kids are getting into it like it's new, so that's something that I'm really proud of. We worked very hard to make those records and they're still au courant."
Visit http://www.TheBeatlesLiveProject.com/ to upload your media and stories, and to learn more about the project.