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Capturing a moment in time: The Beatles' iconic rooftop concert

By David Mitchell, Shooglebox Team, 11th February 2022

Has anything had a longer lasting influence on popular culture than the seven years John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent recording music together? Even decades after the deaths of two of the band's members, the Beatles remain as relevant as ever as subsequent generations discover their extensive back catalogue. No moment captures the zeitgeist of the late 1960s better than their famous rooftop concert on 30th January 1969, which is set to be released in IMAX this weekend.

Performing a collection of songs mostly written just days earlier, the band made a late decision to perform an impromptu live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row. Their previous public performance had come three years earlier at Candlestick Park to an audience of 25,000. Their final public performance was played to an audience of passing pedestrians (not all of whom were best pleased by the noisy interruption to work!) on the busy London streets below, before it was unceremoniously shut down by a fresh faced 19-year-old police officer.

Thanks to Disney and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, this iconic performance has been released in its entirety for the first time in the half a century that has since passed. Expertly digitally restored to bring it up to today's standards, the footage allows you to step back in time as if you were really there on that famous day as the band rattle through timeless classics such as 'Get Back', 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Don't Let Me Down'.


One of the great joys of using Shooglebox is the ability to bring a passion to life before your very eyes. Being able to create cards from an eclectic range of sources means you can create a dynamic box in just a few clicks. In this case, I used social media posts; my own photos; YouTube clips and audio content from streaming services to really capture both the historic rooftop concert itself and the recent promotional material and universal acclaim that came with the release of 'Get Back' on Disney+ and in cinemas.

Being able to engage with audiovisual content on the backs of cards within Shooglebox means I can really immerse myself for hours on end whenever I choose to revisit, or 'Get Back' to my favourite boxes I've created. I can also easily share boxes such as this with family and friends who share common interests and hobbies.

Explore what I've pulled together so far in this read-only Shooglebox.


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