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Deconstructing the Beatles

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/1/17

As a Beatles fan, I love this. I thought it would be boring because it's a lecture, but it's not too dry at all. It's very interesting. The host, Scott Freiman, uses photos, videos, interviews and music to keep it compelling.

Basically, the series examines 4 of the Beatles albums: Revolver, Rubber Soul, The White Album and Sgt. Pepper's. Freiman talks about the development and recording of each album, and where it fits in Beatles history, and a lot more.

If you're a Beatles fan, you should definitely love this.  It would also make a good gift for any into rock music or The Beatles. Check it out!


Available On DVD on October 3, 2017

New York, NY – September 07, 2017  – CultureSonar, Jacob Burns Film Center and Abramorama announced today that they will release the four- part documentary series Deconstructing The Beatles on DVD, download and streaming on October 3, 2017. Created by musicologist Scott Freiman, shown across the US and Canada in hundreds of theaters to many thousands of people, the Deconstructing The Beatles DVD special features include audience Q&As, an interviews with New York Times critic Janet Maslin and Scott Freiman, and five short “mini- deconstruction” videos on “A Day in the Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “P.S. I Love You” and Revolver.  The films will be available exclusively through CultureSonar (, a partner in the project. Pre-orders will be available in September.
CultureSonar, a digital media company whose blog has gathered an audience devoted to music and the arts, will coordinate the release. CultureSonar founder Al Cattabiani is a veteran of the distribution business, having, among other things, built and sold Wellspring Media, a successful arthouse-film label. Al added, “Scott, Abramorama, the Jacob Burns Film Center and CultureSonar can all reach complementary, interested audiences in several ways. We’ll focus first on connecting with these fans directly. Being in the market in time for holiday gift-giving, for example, is a great way to start.”
Scott Freiman, creator and presenter, explained the release strategy: “Over the past few years, our team has developed a passionate, engaged, loyal audience. Our fans enjoyed the films in theatres, and have literally been urging us to release them on DVD. We’re eager to satisfy this pent-up demand – and have built the tools to do it ourselves.”
PART 1: DECONSTRUCTING THE WHITE ALBUM                                                                                                                                                                              
The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) was not only the band’s best-selling album, it was the best-selling album of the entire 1960’s. Now you can experience this remarkable record as never before. In Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album, a multimedia lecture, “Beatleologist” Scott Freiman gets under the hood of this groundbreaking album and shows us what made it run so well.                                                                                                                                  
PART 2: DECONSTRUCTING SGT. PEPPER                                                                                                  
In August, 1966, the Beatles played their nal concert (at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park). They had decided to stop touring – and no one knew how to be a band without playing gigs. After that last show, George Harrison said, “Well, I guess I’m not a Beatle anymore.” Of course, we now know they more than met the challenge, producing one of rock’s greatest albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Beatles’ 1966 masterpiece, Revolver, saw the band expanding its musical horizons by using the studio as another instrument. Along with Rubber Soul, this marks an exceptionally fruitful period, as the band transitioned from the playful Mop Tops to psychedelic musical adventurers.
PART4: DECONSTRUCTING RUBBER SOUL                                                                                                                                                    
In October 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task — produce a new album of original music for a Christmas release. Within one month, The Beatles had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums— Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides of the single, as well as the album, hit number one on the charts.
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About Scott Freiman
Scott Freiman may be the only person to have sold out Carnegie Hall and been a Finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.  He is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer on the music of the Beatles and has presented his lectures to sold-out audiences at theaters nationwide. Mr. Freiman has spoken about the Beatles at colleges, universities, and corporations, such as Pixar, Google, and Facebook.  In the Fall of 2012, Mr. Freiman taught a semester course on “The Beatles In The Studio” at Yale University.  Mr. Freiman’s insights into the music of the Beatles can be found in the book All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release published in October 2013 by Black Dog and Leventhal.
Mr. Freiman is the co-founder and CEO of Qwire Inc., a technology company that provides collaborative tools for everyone who works with music to picture.  He has also acted as sound editor, mixer, and composer on over ten films and documentary series, including the Emmy®-award winning eleven-part BBC/Discovery series Life.  Mr. Freiman’s studio, Second Act Studio, was designed by renowned studio architect, John Storyk.  Second Act Studio played host to a wide range of musicians -- from children to Grammy winners, such as bassist John Patitucci and the Tokyo String Quartet.  Mr. Freiman also produced, arranged, and played keyboards for many artists and served as producer on recordings recorded and mixed at Second Act.  Mr. Freiman holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Music from Yale University and a Masters of Music Composition from New York University.  

About CultureSonar
CultureSonar is a digital media company focused on the music and the arts. Its blog reaches over 2 million people each month on Facebook, the web, Twitter, Instagram and several other platforms. Its audience is experienced, yet still eager to discover new things – and it absolutely loves The Beatles. For more information visit
About Jacob Burn Film Center
Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit arts and education hub located on a three-building campus in the New York Metro area. The JBFC brings the transformative power of film to the surrounding community through unique programming and discussion, shared experiences, and educational initiatives. Since opening in 2001, over 3,000,000 people have enjoyed the best of current American and foreign cinema, unique film series, and special events at the five-screen theater complex. A pioneer in visual literacy education, the JBFC offers courses in filmmaking, screenwriting, and animation for students of all ages at our state-of-the-art Media Arts Lab and develops curriculums for public schools throughout the region. For more information visit
About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films today. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane –The John Coltrane Documentary; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog; and Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop. For more information visit


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