Standing in line to watch this documentary during it’s one-week run at the Enzian I overheard someone ask someone else whether he was a Beatles fan and got a “meh” response. I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to the Beatles, so there was no question in my mind that I wanted to see this documentary. But how do you attract the attention of a world that has no musical awareness beyond a misguided tweaking teenager and faux singing contests on network TV? Maybe that’s the point of this story, if it weren’t for this documentary no one would know the tale of this unassuming middle-age woman who is still doing the daily grind as a secretary, 40-years after ending a very different stint as the secretary for the Beatles. Tell all books have been around for awhile, some with little more credibility than the author having been alive and a fan during Beatlemania. It’s understandable, it being 50-years after the Beatles rise to fame, that anyone connected with the Fab Four are sharing their stories. Please don’t let this story get downed out by the others. There’s a great quote that this will be one of the last true stories of the Beatles that you’ll ever hear. So, when considering how you’re going to spend your nostalgia/Beatles money this holiday season, consider catching a screening of “Good Ol’ Freda” at your local art theater or via itune or via Amazon Blu-ray.
– “Good Ol’ Freda” on itune or Amazon Blu-ray
– The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles by Peter Brown
– Growing up with the Beatles: An illustrated tribute by Ron Schaumburg
– Photography by Ringo Starr
– On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2