Michael Lindsay-Hogg

May 05, 1940

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Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet (born 5 May 1940) is an American-born British television, film, music video, and theatre director. Beginning his career in British television, Lindsay-Hogg became a pioneer in music film production, directing promotional films for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following his work with these bands, he branched out into film and theatre, while still maintaining successful careers in television and music video production. […]


Lindsay-Hogg began his career in 1965, directing episodes of the British pop programme Ready Steady Go! featuring artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and the Who. In addition to these he directed episodes of Blackmail, The Informer, A Man of Our Times, Half Hour Story, and The Company of Five, a series of television plays. He served as the series director of The Ronnie Barker Playhouse in 1968. In 1969, an episode that he directed of the mystery/supernatural anthology series Journey to the Unknown was released as part of a TV movie.

Through his work on Ready Steady Go!, Lindsay-Hogg became acquainted with some of the top rock artists of the day, and was subsequently hired to direct promotional films for their songs. Some of his early promo film work includes films for the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer“, “Rain“, “Hey Jude“, and “Revolution” and the Rolling Stones’ “2000 Light Years from Home”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, and “Child of the Moon”. His work on these and other films led Camerimage to award him a retrospective “Music Video Pioneer” award in 2012. The Rolling Stones liked his work, and he was approached in 1968 to direct a full-length television special. Lindsay-Hogg conceived The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featuring the Stones and other musicians playing in a circus atmosphere. The band was not completely satisfied with the result, and the film did not see release until 1996.

Lindsay-Hogg was hired by the Beatles to direct a film. Originally conceived as a television special, Get Back was to feature footage of the Beatles recording a new album and rehearsing for a concert appearance. However, the sessions were extremely acrimonious, and the film and album were shelved for a time following the Beatles’ rooftop concert in January 1969. The Beatles returned to the project, and released the newly retitled Let It Be (1970) along with an album of the same name.

Following Let It Be, Lindsay-Hogg continued his work in UK television, directing both episodes and TV movies, including work on the TV serial Brideshead Revisited (1981). His work on the BBC series Play for Today and Play of the Week, and the serial Brideshead Revisited were each nominated for BAFTA awards, in 1974, 1978, and 1983, respectively, with Brideshead Revisited winning for Best Drama Series/Serial. His second feature film as director, Nasty Habits (1977), is a comedy satire of the Watergate scandal. His third theatrical film, The Sound of Murder, was released in 1982.

Lindsay-Hogg continued directing music videos throughout the 1970s, including many for the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney and Wings. In 1985, he directed the video for Whitney Houston’s single “You Give Good Love”. During the 1980s he returned to directing concert films, including Simon and Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park, Neil Young’s Neil Young in Berlin and Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert. Lindsay-Hogg’s work in the 1980s also included directing TV movies of various plays and novels, including adaptations of Doctor Fischer of Geneva (1984), Master Harold…and the Boys (1985), As Is (1986), and The Little Match Girl (1987).

Lindsay-Hogg’s The Object of Beauty for the BBC’s Screen Two series of television films received positive reviews in 1991, and his comedy/drama for HBO, Running Mates, was broadcast in 1992. Frankie Starlight (1995), which followed, was met with mixed reception. In 1994, he directed the Roger Daltrey concert film A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who. The VH1 television movie entitled Two of Us (2000), is a fictionalized account of the last meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He directed a film adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play Waiting for Godot (2001).

In addition to his television and film work, Lindsay-Hogg is known for his work in theatre. He directed both the original 1978 production (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award) and 1980 revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway?. He also directed Broadway productions of Agnes of God (1982), and The Boys of Winter (1985). Off-Broadway, he helmed Larry Kramer’s AIDS drama The Normal Heart in 1985.

His autobiography entitled Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond was published in 2011. It chronicles his career and his relationship with Orson Welles. After a long hiatus from television and film work, Lindsay-Hogg began directing the television series Tinsel’s Town in 2015. […]

Last updated on September 16, 2021


Get Back sessions - January 2, 1969 - Day 1

Jan 02, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be... Naked

Get Back sessions - January 3, 1969 - Day 2

Jan 03, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be... Naked

Get Back sessions - January 6, 1969 - Day 3

Jan 06, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be (50th anniversary boxset)

Get Back sessions - January 7, 1969 - Day 4

Jan 07, 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be (50th anniversary boxset)

The "Get Back / Let It Be" sessions

January 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be (Limited Edition)