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2012 13 Nov

Jon Savage on „Magical Mystery Tour“

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„Originally conceived as a bit of fun, Magical Mystery Tour presented an hour-long disruption of TV norms. Despite having a cross-generational cast, it was definitely from within youth consciousness, which was becoming more and more radical thanks to LSD and the developing counter-culture. With its non-linear structure, jump-cuts and promo videos, it offered a portal into the future, just when many people wanted to celebrate the past. Whether deliberately or not, it widened the generation gap.“

Als Jugendlicher sah ich den Film in der Flimmerkiste, keine Ahnung, wann er gesendet wurde, wahrscheinlich nicht, wie in England, am 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag – aber irgendwie vermittelte der verrückte Genre-Mix schon eine Art Feriengefühl. Ich bin mir sicher, dass mir bei den Liedern vom Walross und dem Narren auf dem Berg die Kniee weich wurden und die Ohren gross wie Scheunentore. Ansonsten konnte ich mich bestens einlassen auf Typen, die 12, 13, 14 Jahre älter als ich sein mochten, dabei seltsam albern und wissend gleichzeitig rüberkamen. Der Musiklehrer in der Penne hatte keine Chance, „Der Freischütz“ liess mich kalt. Als ich nun den Film erstmals seit damals wieder sah, in der neuen Blu-Ray-Ausgabe, dachte ich nicht, dass er mich, über das Nostalgische hinaus, dermassen packen würde. (M.E.)

„In autumn 1967 (…) The Beatles represented a new kind of person, playful and colourful – which is the way people would like to live now, partly thanks to their example. This jump-cut into the future might have not set well in the schedule for Christmas 1967, but in 2012 it looks fantastic – as though it was made yesterday. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR is a film that has found its time.“

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Roll up! Roll up! MOJO’s new 132-page Magical Mystery Tour And Beyond! special edition chronicles the most pivotal period in The Beatles‘ history.

    Celebrating the re-release of the band’s mythical 1967 film on DVD/Blu-ray (out on October 8), this one-off issue combines archival features on Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper … with brand new material including Jon Savage’s reassessment of the Magical Mystery Tour film, a rundown of The Beatles‘ 67 Greatest Psychedelic Moments and a treasure trove of iconic and unseen photographs.

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