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A Biography Of The Beatles Essay

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The Beatles were one of America's most influential rock groups from the 60's. The 1960's were years of psychedelic experimentation, new cults, and some of the best music that had ever been heard before. With the Vietnam War going on and the draft being placed in full effect, the youth mainly was set into a rebellion against the government and in doing so turned to new music, symbols, and protests. These aspects along with many others were major influences on the songwriting and performances from the British invasion group, The Beatles."The original Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best. Brian Epstein became the manager of the Beatles in 1961. Epstein made many changes in the group. Lennon rebelled and did not want to "package" and "clean up" the group in order to please fans". These changes were made anyway despite Lennon's protests. The Beatles had signed a contract with EMI records and were beginning to record with them. "On August 16, 1962, Pete Best, the original drummer, was suddenly fired from the group and Ringo Starr was introduced to the Beatles two days afterwards".John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared the credit of songs written by either one of them. "The credit simply read "Lennon-McCartney" on the CD labels. The two as song writers were a perfect mix. Lennon had a quick artistic sense and he was easily excited by new challenges, and he had a sarcastic and rebellious tough-guy personality, who was actually a vulnerable romantic. Lennon did this while McCartney projected the sweet image underneath an injured, controlling, perfectionist".In 1964, The Beatles first arrived at JFK Airport. They were greeted with mass hysteria, with fans almost jumping over the police to greet them. Two days later, more than 73 million people watched them perform live on the Ed Sullivan Show. This was most likely the event that turned thousands of Americans into Beatles acolytes. Four weeks later, The Beatles held the top five music singles in America at the same time.Lennon was influenced by many things in 1965-1966 such as psychedelia, marijuana, and Bob Dylan. Many felt that these years were the best song writing years of John Lennon's life. In 1966 The Beatles had been touring for over four years, and they, especially Lennon were tired of it. Lennon wanted to spend more time with his wife, Cynthia. At one time, they had to do 32 concerts in 19 days. On their next album, "Beatles For Sale", the material reflected how unhappy Lennon and McCartney were with life on the road. Songs like "I'm a Loser" and "No Reply" spoke of depression and the frenzy of life in the spotlight. Lennon once said, "It's like we're four freaks being wheeled out to be seen, shake our hair about, and get back into our cage afterwards"."The Beatles felt that they needed to work only in the studio now. So, on August 29, 1966, The Beatles performed their last live performance ever at...

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