“The Everlasting Beatles” coming to Oklahoma City
and Tulsa

May 11, 2011

Jeff Moore (405) 522-0692
Larry O’Dell (405) 522-6676

The Beatles are the band that changed music for millions of people around the world and created a cultural phenomenon that continues to influence many aspects of our culture today.  The Beatles had the luxury of being introduced to America’s Baby Boomers in 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show and then get reintroduced two generations later with the release of The Beatles Rock Band video game and the unveiling of their music catalogue on Apple’s iTunes in November 2010.  After signing on as their manager, Brian Epstein boldly predicted that children born in 2000 would be fans of the “Fab Four.”

The Oklahoma Historical Society is pleased to bring British filmmaker David Silver to discuss the Beatles with presentations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on back-to-back nights.  Mr. Silver describes his presentation, “The Everlasting Beatles,” as “a presentation that doesn’t just document them but instead looks at their larger enduring presence.”

Not surprisingly this enduring presence includes the musical contributions of several Oklahomans.  When Paul McCartney first played guitar for John Lennon in Liverpool, he played 20 Flight Rock by Eddie Cochran, who claimed Oklahoma City as his hometown.  After The Beatles broke up, John, Paul, George, and Ringo went their separate ways.  They each continued to pursue music on their own terms.  Several Oklahoma musicians became part of the larger Beatles story.  George Harrison relied on Leon Russell to put the house band together for the Concert for Bangladesh that also included Jim Keltner and Carl Radle from Tulsa and Jesse Ed Davis from Oklahoma City.  John Lennon became good friends with Jesse Ed Davis and the two recorded together.

A fan of The Beatles, David Silver grew up near Liverpool, and it was this experience that enabled him to write the #1 charting MGM/UA/Warner film The Compleat Beatles, the biopic of choice about history’s most famous band.  The expression “rockumentary” was first applied to this film. David has produced, directed or written documentaries featuring icons:  Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Roger Waters, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Frank Zappa, Elvis Costello, Peter Tosh, HANSON, Tony Bennett, Irene Cara, Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Spalding Gray, Joey Ramone, Johnny Winter, Count Basie, Muddy Waters and many others.

Mr. Silver’s 1979 Warner Brothers feature No Nukes helped start the trend of music/activism feature documentaries.  Twenty years later, his film made with Tulsa-based band Hanson was the fastest-selling home video.  Silver has been responsible for three Billboard #1 charting home videos.

In 2009, Silver was the consultant to Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director, on his Universal/Focus Features release, Taking Woodstock.

David Silver started his media career in the late sixties, hosting and designing his own talk show What’s Happening Mr. Silver? broadcast out of PBS’s premier station, WGBH-TV Boston.  Abbie Hoffman was Silver’s first guest, William Buckley Jr. his second, Frank Zappa his third.  The series has been described as the only broadcast alternative TV series authentically reflecting sixties culture.

These Beatles programs are a continuation of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s effort to develop and build the new Oklahoma Museum of Music and Popular Culture in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.  The new museum will continue the OHS’s mission to collect and preserve music and pop culture and share the story of Oklahoma as the crossroads of creativity.

The first presentation will be held at the Oklahoma History Center on Wednesday May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chesapeake Auditorium.  The History Center is located at the corner of NE 23rd St. and Lincoln Blvd. across the street from the Governor’s Mansion.

On the next night, David Silver will give his presentation at the Auditorium on the Oklahoma State University – Tulsa Campus, starting at 7:00 p.m.  The OSU-Tulsa Campus is also the current location of Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Exhibit that opened at the Oklahoma History Center in 2009 before moving to Tulsa in March.

Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at both venues, please come early since seating will be limited and granted on a first-come first-served basis.


For more information contact the Oklahoma History Center at (405) 522-0765.

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