Well, this is better than running laps in P.E. class: Rocker Stevie Van Zandt’s nonprofit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is hosting the New York City premiere Thursday of Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Afterward, the foundation will launch a nationwide educational program that will result in the largest Beatles-related project to be integrated into American middle and high school education.
The NYC premiere will serve as a fundraiser to help support the RRFF’s educational efforts. Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer will co-host the event that will include celebrity guests, teachers, students and donors. Two days later, in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. as partner and with the support of Apple Corps, the classroom materials will be available at teachrock.org, joining more than 70 pre-existing multimedia lesson plans on the free site.
The film has its world premiere earlier Thursday at the London Film Festival, and Abramorama opens the film in the U.S. on Friday before hitting Hulu two days later. The docu focuses on the formative years of the Beatles who burned brightly before being burned out by the burden of incessant fame that touring brought the young foursome from Liverpool.