There have been more books published about one 20th century icon than any
other, this band that is said to have broken down barriers in all ways, is the
Beatles. Their music was said to have driven that younger generation mad.
Perhaps it was because they were one of the first bands ever play real rock and
roll music; or maybe it was those cute little peacoats they wore. Or maybe it
was just because they were foreigners in the world of music, yet seemed to fit
right in with the young people. Whatever reason was, the Beatles were a band
that shaped a generation and ones soon to come.
The Beatles were more than just a rock and roll band , they were a group of
young men who wanted to go a new direction in music. John Lennon, one of lead
vocalists, basically started with the intention of moving away from the
"Skiffle Boom Era" which was dominating the time. In his doing so, he began to
lay the foundation for what would later be the most famous rock band ever. The
original band members were as follows : John Lennon, vocals and guitar ; Paul
McCartney, vocals ; George Harrison, guitar ; Pete Best, drums ; Stuart
Sutcliffe, bass guitar.
In March of 1961, the Beatles began to play at the club that would
later be nicknamed "The Home of the Beatles". The Cavern Club, which's premises
comprised a small group of cellars below a seven story warehouse which had
originally been used as an air raid shelter during the war. Later, Alan Sytner,
a jazz fan decided to open it up as a new jazz club. After a few years, he sold
it to Ray McFall another jazz fan. The club was originally strictly jazz and no
rock. Luckily for the Beatles, the times were changing and McFall quickly
changed the policy the Beatles soon became regulars. This would be the club
that would make them famous.
News of the band's Liverpool popularity soon became know throughout England
and later a large part of Europe. Shortly after their first tour of Hamburg,
Stuart, who had always been a better artist than musician left the band to
pursue goals in the visual arts field. Paul had dabbled in bass guitar and took
his place. This was a transition period for the members in the band, they were
going from being Liverpool locals to being English stars. It was about this
time that the rest of the band and their...