The Beatles and their song publishers have granted the group's former fan club secretary the right to use a few of their songs in a new documentary. The Hollywood Reporter posted that director Ryan White, the filmmaker behind Good O' Freda, the documentary of Freda Kelly's 11 years working for the "Fab Four," was able to score the use of a few Beatles classics for the film -- including "I Saw Her Standing There," "Love Me Do," and others. He explained that despite the band's catalogue very rarely being licensed for use in films, the Beatles came through for Freda, saying, "Clearly the living Beatles have a lot of respect for her."
White went on to say about Freda: "She's not tempted by money at all. Freda closed the Beatles' offices, so she left with truckloads of Beatles stuff and gave it all away to fans over the years. . . (This movie) is for her two-year-old grandson -- she sees it as a sort of home movie." Good 'Ole Freda will premiere on March 9th at South By Southwest in Austin.
- Ringo Starr told us that he's more than happy to talk about the Beatles because he's still proud of the work they left behind: "Because it's part of the life, it's part of the heritage. I'm not going to hide from it, it's just that's what it was and we were the best band in the land. And what is great for me with the music we made was that it's still relevant. The kids are still buying the music. You can download us now, we're trying to modernize. The music is what's important -- not the haircuts."
- Last year, the producers of AMC's Mad Men paid the Beatles a whopping $250,000 in licensing fees to use their classic 1966 Revolver track, "Tomorrow Never Knows" in the show's May 6th episode.
- Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner told The New York Times that Apple Corps blocking the use of original music in the past was a problem for him, explaining, "It was always my feeling that the show lacked a certain authenticity because we never could have an actual master recording of the Beatles performing. Not just someone singing their song or a version of their song, but them, doing a song in the show. It always felt to me like a flaw. Because they are the band, probably, of the 20th century."
CHECK IT OUT: The Beatles on June 24th, 1966 performing "I Feel Fine" in Munich:
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