Buoyed by the earlier success of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and the triumphant success of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Beatles began shooting a new film in September 1967 to introduce six new songs. Broadcast by the BBC on Boxing Day (December 26) that same year, it was greeted with nearly universal derision. Viewers were outraged by the disjointed script and shocked by the psychedelic spirit of an ambling bus outing across England. The story of this controversial film is retold in the cultural context of its time with the observations of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Peter Fonda, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Paul Merton, Neil Innes, and others.