Aleksandar Janković

The Beatles as a Cultural Artefact: Analysis of the Film Let It Be

Summary

The importance of the Beatles cannot be overstated. Transforming rock’n’roll from a rebel yell and a lover’s whisper into the most comprehensive music of the century, they blazed through a breathtaking succession of creative periods, whose ultimate end was the severing of the line between high art and popular entertainment. As the world’s best-loved band they defined the sensibility of the period, making it mirror their own: indeed, the rock’n’roll of the ’60s was predominantly Beatles-spirited – celebratory, omnivorous in its appetite for diverse influence, politically expansive and spiritually open. Their swan song, the Let it Be (album and film), capture faithfully the spirit of the group’s last days.