Classic Rock News

Yes, That Hair Was Purposely Left in the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’

todayMay 10, 2024 6

share close

Original director Michael Lindsay-Hogg confirms that the shivering little hair on the microphone as John Lennon sings “Across the Universe” in the new Disney+ remaster of Let It Be was meant to be there. This potentially distracting moment arrives about 17 minutes into the Beatles film. “At the beginning, we talked about taking that out – because they can take it out,” Lindsay-Hogg tells Variety. “We talked about taking that out and then we thought, no, it actually was there – this little funny bug of hair, which is on the kind of felt of the mic or whatever the covering of the mic is. So, leave it as an eccentricity.”Lindsay-Hogg filmed the Beatles in January 1969 as they rehearsed at Twickenham Film Studios with the idea of creating a television special. Sessions later moved to the Apple headquarters, where the group staged a triumphant final concert. READ MORE: Top 10 Beatles Guitar Solos Not By George HarrisonBut Let It Be didn’t come out until the Beatles had already broken up, casting a pall over the entire production. Issues with transferring the print for use in theaters also gave the film a blurry, washed-out feel. Listen to the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ How the ‘Let It Be’ Film Was RebornPeter Jackson used the original footage a couple of years ago to recast the project as The Beatles: Get Back. Different scenes seemed to paint the era in a new light, while today’s artificial learning software helped bring everything into sharper focus. The same tech was employed to shine up Lindsay-Hogg’s original Let It Be, which had been out of print for decades before returning to Disney+ this week. That’s the upside. The downside is now little details like fuzz on the covering of Lennon’s microphone (often referred to as a windscreen or a pop filter) can be seen in the finest of annoying detail. Ultimately, Lindsay-Hogg said he wanted to safeguard the reality of the situation – even if it got hairy. “So, that was a decision,” he said. “I mean, in the history of major world artistic decisions, I don’t think it was a major one – but it was one [where] we thought, ‘Leave it because that’s what it really was.'” Classic Rock’s 20 Worst MistakesCounting down the worst things that ever happened in classic rock.Gallery Credit: Nick DeRisoWhy the Beatles Hated One of Their Own LPs

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

Rate it

Who we are

Rapid City, South Dakota’s only commercial free unedited internet classic rock radio station; playing a little newer rock and mainly older rock. A fully licensed stream.

This station is part of the Deep Dive Radio Network.


Our radio is always online!

Listen now completely free!

Give us your feedback!


If you like Badlands Classic Rock, please consider making a donation. Your donation goes towards keeping the station commercial free, and helps with operating costs.

More Ways To Listen