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The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be
Curators:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Duration:
1 Hours
Floor:
Level 0

The Beatles
Get Back to Let It Be

Now open! Experience one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century by stepping inside The Beatles’ January 1969 rehearsals, studio sessions, and legendary Apple Corps rooftop concert, the band’s final live performance.
About the Exhibit

This groundbreaking exhibition curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an immersive complement to Peter Jackson's docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back.

Fans will experience The Beatles’ creative journey through the exhibit’s original instruments, clothing, and handwritten lyrics used by The Beatles and seen in the film, including items loaned directly by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon. The exhibit will feature high-definition film clips, audio, and custom projections, transporting fans into The Beatles’ vibrant world of January 1969.

Like Jackson's “Get Back” docuseries, the exhibit shows how The Beatles composed and recorded many of their iconic songs from scratch. The exhibit's three screening rooms feature a selection of footage from each location from the docuseries: Twickenham, Apple Studios, and the Apple Corps rooftop. The footage from the recording sessions and conversations turn the clock back to 1969, showing the intimacy, joyousness, and humor as The Beatles write and record songs for Let It Be and some songs featured on Abbey Road and future solo albums.

Exhibit Highlights

Some of the exhibit’s unique items include:

Paul McCartney's black and gray shirt that was worn in the studio and handwritten lyrics for "I've Got A Feeling."

Ringo Starr's maple Ludwig drum kit and his borrowed red raincoat from the rooftop performance.

John Lennon's iconic eyeglasses, Wrangler jacket, an Epiphone electric guitar, and handwritten lyrics for "Dig A Pony."

George Harrison's pink pinstripe suit and handwritten lyrics for "I Me Mine."

Fans will also enjoy audio engineer, producer, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Glyn Johns' record acetate from the sessions and iconic photography by Linda McCartney and by Ethan Russell, who documented the band’s January 1969 rehearsals, sessions, and rooftop performance, and whose photos are featured in the Let It Be album art. 

 

Artifact Gallery

Let It Be Acetate, 1969. The Beatles. Collection of Glyn Johns. Johns had an idea for an album giving the listener a fly-on-the-wall insight into the Beatles at work in the studio. He mixed several tracks and made acetates for each Beatle to review.
John Lennon's 1965 Epiphone Casino guitar. John Lennon used this guitar extensively during the Let It Be sessions and played it during the Beatles' final public performance on the rooftop of the group's Apple Corps headquarters in London on January 30, 1969.
Glyn Johns Diaries, 1969. Collection of Glyn Johns. These diaries document all of Glyn Johns’ recording sessions, meetings and events related to the Let It Be sessions, including the Beatles’ rooftop performance at the band’s headquarters in London and the Rolling Stones’ live concert recording at Madison Square Garden. Johns also noted appointments with featured Let It Be musician Billy Preston, as well as dinner with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman.
Ringo Starr Jacket and Trousers, 1969. Pants design by Gedal. Collection of Richard and Barbara Starkey. On January 30, 1969, the day of the rooftop concert, it was cold outside. John Lennon remarked that his hands were too cold to play a chord on the guitar. Ringo Starr borrowed his then wife Maureen Starkey’s red Lurex rain jacket for extra warmth. Lennon borrowed Yoko Ono’s fur coat.
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More About the Exhibit

“The Beatles have had a massive, global impact across generations. We are excited to welcome a diverse mix of fans from around the world to experience this exhibit and are grateful for the support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison, Apple Corps Ltd., and Peter Jackson for helping us tell this important story,” said Greg Harris, President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

While the new exhibit is brimming with some of The Beatles’ fashion-forward ensembles, check out the Rock Hall's online store and in the museum shop for an expansive collection of The Beatles apparel, accessories, multimedia, and more, including new apparel inspired by The Beatles, with fresh product arriving through the year.

Free Online Learning Resources

Explore More on Rock Hall EDU

Few musicians have influenced pop culture and the music industry as much as The Beatles. Rock Hall EDU, a free online education platform that has reached over 1.1 million students worldwide, explores The Beatles' story with a new collection inspired by Let It Be

One featured is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame interview with Billy Preston as he shares his stories as the “fifth” Beatle. Preston speaks about meeting the Fab Four, performing with them, and forming friendships. Check out the complete Get Back To Let It Be resource collection on Rock Hall EDU. 

Museum Events

We're celebrating this exhibit all year long. From Beatles Fridays, to our popular Rock Hall Nights series, to a jam packed Fan Weekend. 

Check out the full details here.

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