How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin by Leslie Woodhead
Publishing date: April 23, 2013 by
For details, please visit Leslie Woodhead's official website.
Facebook page: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin
Alan Chrisman's review (and announcement of his own book)
How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin aired for a second time in Canada on CBC News Network.
How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin was re-aired on WNET.ORG's Channel Thirteen in New York City Sunday, July 18th 2010 at 10:30 p.m. See Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan 2010.
The original BBC transmission was September 7, 2009 as part of a major Beatles Festival, aligned with the release of 14 digitally remastered Beatles albums and accompanying DVDs. ARTE transmitted the film in Europe in October, and PBS in the States on November 9 with a version 4 minutes shorter than the BBC. This day was chosen as it was the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Yury Pelyushonok, Ottawa-based author of Strings for a Beatles Bass - the Beatles Generation in the USSR, and friend of the Ottawa Beatles Site has a strong role in the film.
Visit Yury Pelyushonok's website to see some of the story behind the story. Updated May 25, 2010.
Film production update: "How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin"
Emmy nominated film producer Leslie Woodhead continues his efforts to bring Beatle fans the true story behind the Beatles influence in the USSR that lead to the eventual downfall of Communism. The film producer recently did major shoots in Moscow and in St. Petersburg.
"In Moscow, I interviewed the Russian Deputy Premier, (Putin's number two) Sergei Ivanov who told me how he learned English from Beatles lyrics and remains a huge fan," said Leslie Woodhead in an e-mail correspondence to the Ottawa Beatles Site. "I also filmed with Russia's most iconic Rock Stars - Boris Gribenshikov and Andrei Makarevich - who talked about how the Beatles changed their lives. At a theatre in Gorky Park I filmed a musical about how the Beatles helped to destroy Communism."
Woodhead also filmed highlights in what he described as "a day-long birthday party for John Lennon, organised by St Petersburg Beatles Superfan Kolya Vasin. Eleven bands played Beatles songs, fans from 12 to 70 sang along," said Woodhead. "I also filmed in Kolya's extraordinary 'John Lennon Temple of Peace and Love', crammed with every kind of Beatles memorabilia. Kolya told me he plans a huge Beatles monument on an island outside the city, looking out towards Liverpool...I also filmed a band who do punk versions of Lennon songs, whose lead singer Igor Salnikov plans to change his name to 'John Lennon.'" Igor Salnikov that Woodhead refers to is a member of The Oz from St Petersburg. The band recently released an exciting new CD called "The Oz - Punk Opera Che Lennon." They do terrific cover versions of John Lennon's solo material and hopefully Western viewers will get a chance to hear for themselves how great this band really is.
"Following my shoot in Kiev back in June this year when Paul McCartney played a huge free concert, and of course the great stuff I filmed with Yury Pelyushonok in Ottawa, I now have a real harvest of material about the extraordinary impact of the Beatles in the former Soviet Union. I plan more shooting early in 2009, and the film will be completed for screening later in the year," said Woodhead.
According to Woodhead's website, the film's completion would celebrate the "20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2009."
Update by John Whelan, November 11, 2008.