Joshua Ostroff: The Beatles 'Didn't Build That'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Barack Obama made waves recently when he said "if you've got a business, you didn't build that," a phrase taken wildly out of context, of course, by the Republicans. But what he meant was that for every genius idea or initiative an entrepreneur has, many unhearalded moments before that have to happen to make it possible, from someone building roads that a newly-invented car would drive on to becoming a teacher that gave their students the tools they would eventually use in said business.
In many ways, Obama's idea also represents the heart of Backbeat, a musical currently enjoying its premiere North American run in Toronto and purporting to tell the "birth of the Beatles," but which really tells the story of the forgotten folks who helped make the Beatles possible.
This was something that fledgling British film director Ian Softley realized back in the mid-'90s when he wrote and directed the Backbeat movie. Which is why his cinematic origin story of the world's most f
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