8 groovy Beatles podcasts to stream before watching ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ on Disney+

Music November 26, 2021

On November 25th, 26th, and 27th, the highly-anticipated Beatles documentary, Get Back, premieres on Disney+. We’ve rounded up some podcasts about John, Paul, George, and Ringo to get hyped for the three-part film.

Looking back at the same timeframe covered in the 1969 film, Let It Be, Get Back shares never-before-seen footage documenting the three weeks writing and recording 14 new songs and preparing for their first live show in two years, which would be their final performance as a band at London’s Savile Row.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson sifted through over 56 hours of footage shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg that was previously locked in a vault. Jackson directed the documentary and edited it down to three parts showcasing rehearsals and how their iconic songs were created. This film shares a more lighthearted narrative in contrast with the 1969 film, Let It Be, which was publicly perceived as a tense time for the band.

On our podcast round-up, we’ve selected shows with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr discussing songwriting, the documentary, and their latest projects. There are episodes with Beatles experts sharing facts about the film, and a writer shared spoilers from when he previewed the film over the summer.

Paul McCartney: Inside the Songs

Listen to ‘Paul McCartney: Inside the Songs’

BBC Radio 4’s “Paul McCartney: Inside the Songs” shares Beatles history in this 10-episode series. Paul explains how he wrote some of your favorite Beatles songs, their inspirations, and who they were about. Episodes unpack “All My Loving,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Penny Lane,” and more. Average episode length is 5 minutes, so you might binge the whole series at once!

Another Kind of Mind: A Different Kind of Beatles Podcast

Listen to ‘Get Back Pregame Show’ on ‘Another Kind of Mind: A Different Kind of Beatles Podcast’

This episode is gearing up for Get Back. You’ll hear from hosts Phoebe, Daphne, and Thalia as they analyze the Get Back book, film trailers, and other promotional material so far. They’ll get into hypothetical questions such as “What are George’s opinions on cat food?” This episode is an hour and 15 minutes long.

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Fresh Air

Listen to ‘Paul McCartney’ on ‘Fresh Air’

Paul McCartney recently spoke with NPR’s Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” Paul discussed Beatlemania’s formative years, the new documentary, songwriting with John Lennon, and when the band called it quits. He also chatted about his two-volume book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond

Listen to ‘Ringo Starr’ on ‘Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond’

In September 2021, Ringo Starr chatted with Rick Rubin about his new EP, shared memories of partying with legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and more. Ringo explained how he used to heckle the Beatles from the crowd before joining the band, and reveals why Paul McCartney refused to share a room with him on tour. This episode is 53 minutes long, presented by Pushkin Industries.

The Beatles Books Podcast

Listen to ‘Joe Hagan: A Quick Chat About ‘Get Back” on ‘The Beatles Books Podcast’

In this short episode of “The Beatles Books Podcast” Joe Hagan spoke with host Joe Wisbey about Get Back, since he caught a preview of the film way before everyone else. He also discussed his book, Sticky Fingers, The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Beatles Anthology Podcast

Listen to ‘The Beatles Anthology Podcast’

Journalists and Beatles experts Kevin Holwett and Mark Ellen host this three-episode series about the band’s Anthology releases. You’ll hear history behind the albums, history of the band, and fun song facts. These episodes were released in 2016, but they’re super-short and worth a listen.

The Beatles Naked Podcast

Listen to ‘The Beatles Naked Podcast’

“The Beatles Naked Podcast” takes a deep-dive into The Beatles with hosts Erik Taros and Richard Buskin. They’ll analyze songs, review concert videos, share interviews, and more. The most recent episodes pre-gamed for Get Back and reviewed the film Let It Be. They are set to release review episodes for Get Back later this week.

Something About The Beatles

Listen to ‘Something About The Beatles’

“Something About The Beatles” is hosted by author Robert Rodriguez. Episodes examine The Beatles’ career, songs, and more in monthly episodes. Rodriguez recently talked about Peter Jackson’s interviews in preparation for Get Back, and shares why he’s looking forward to the documentary. The average episode length is under two hours.

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