THE BEATLES ON THE ROOF
Omnibus Press Exploring one of the most iconic moments in music history, this chronicles the Fab Four’s final live performance, atop the Apple Corp building in London. Though seemingly a spontaneous event, Barrell details the meticulous planning that went into the setpiece, which took place in January 1969 as the band – not to mention the world – appeared on the brink of implosion. Building its narrative around the political climate (Vietnam, student riots, Martin Luther
King’s assassination), he also reflects on how the foundation of Apple Corps, the death of
Brian Epstein, and John Lennon’s heroin addiction – not to mention waywardness as a result of meeting Yoko Ono – made the gig the legendary event it became. The
Beatles On The Roof is less a book about the group, than a cinematic take on the ‘60s in decline and the creation of a grand legacy.