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The Beatles

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The Beatles were a rock and pop band from Liverpool, England that formed in 1960. During their career, the group primarily consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon successful solo careers.[1]

The Beatles were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music, selling over one billion records internationally.

Beatlemania is a term that was used during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy particularly demonstrated by young teen girls directed toward The Beatles during the early years of their success. The word is a portmanteau of "Beatles" and "mania". Andi Lothian, a former Scottish music promoter, claims that he coined the term in 1963,[2] although an early printed use of the word is in The Daily Mirror 2 November 1963 [3] in a news story about the previous day's Beatles concert in Cheltenham. Many fans across the world were known to have Beatlemania, which became common in the United States after The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. 'Beatlemania' was characterised by intense levels of hysteria demonstrated by fans both at the actual concerts played by the band and during the band's arrivals and travels to and from locations.

'The Beatles' changed our world by introducing a new musical style and sense of creativity in popular culture in the 1960s.

The Beatles are one of the most powerful, famous, and influential band in Rock and Roll history. Through their ten years of existence, and nineteen albums, they stretched pop music to its boundaries, producing some of the best music from their generation. Through examining their studio albums and interviews, I will attempt to uncover why people were so drawn to this band, and why they still leave an imprint on pop music today.

I will first summarize The Beatles early years, to give a foundation for their later music. John Lennon,[3] who is considered the founding1 member, was born in Liverpool England on October 9, 1940. As a child he was a trouble-maker and poor at school. However what he lacked in mathematical skill, he compensated in his exceptional art potential. As a child he grew up in a very strict household, which led to reading and writing. This interested John quite a bit, and this same artistic flare led him to music. He began playing the harmonica, but soon was introduced to the guitar which became his concentration. John then formed a band in high school with his two friends, Ivan Vaughan and Pete Sholden. They became known as the Quarrymen, an ode to their school, Quarry Bank High School. John was inspired


If there is one band in history that left a permanent musical scar on the world, The Beatles would be that band. They forever changed music as we know it, adding more depth and emotion than had ever been seen in the music of that time. They were musically respected, critically acclaimed, world reknowned musicians that came on to the scene and left their mark on the world. As a British rock and roll group, The Beatles defined the voice of the youth in the 1960s by redefining rock music and starting what was to become a revolution. The history of the Beatles is rich and complex, and although most of what happened in the band is known now, the...
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