The Beatles: Music Revolutionaries

Overview

As USA Today, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "The Beatles have never lost their standing as the world's most influential and popular band. They've sold more records than any act in U.S. history."

But in the beginning, few people knew their names. The Beatles-John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr-began as an ambitious band out of Liverpool, England, that wanted to play rock 'n' roll music in the American style. Often rejected by music producers, ...

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Overview

As USA Today, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "The Beatles have never lost their standing as the world's most influential and popular band. They've sold more records than any act in U.S. history."

But in the beginning, few people knew their names. The Beatles-John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr-began as an ambitious band out of Liverpool, England, that wanted to play rock 'n' roll music in the American style. Often rejected by music producers, they honed their sound in the grimy clubs of Hamburg, Germany, and in small venues throughout Britain. In 1962, their single "Love Me Do" became their first hit, and by 1964 The Beatles were musically on top of the world.

The group's look, sound, and musical approach influenced a generation and brought fame beyond the band's wildest dreams. But the stress of their fame and their individual career desires eventually broke up The Beatles in 1970. Yet, the band's popularity remained strong for decades and still shows no sign of waning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761364214
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue First Encounters 4

Chapter 1 Early Days 8

Chapter 2 "Please Please Me," 22

Chapter 3 Beatlemania 32

Chapter 4 A Hard Day's Night 44

Chapter 5 Highs and Lows 54

Chapter 6 Crash 68

Chapter 7 The End of the Road 76

Chapter 8 Afterlife 86

Source Notes 103

Selected Bibliography 105

An Introductory Discography 106

Filmography 108

Further Reading and Websites 108

Index 110

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    This is a fun, informative look at the "Fab Four," The Beatles ...

    "Listen do you want to know a secret ..." Any Beatles fan who reads that line will be able to immediately hear the melody in their heads. Long ago it was no secret that the members of the band, with the exception of John Lennon, who was a member of the middle class, came from the wrong side of the tracks in the Liverpool. In the 1950s many people "would not associate with members of a different class." As a result it didn't seem very likely that the two young men would ever meet, but fate intervened and they soon would cross paths at a church festival. John, who was playing with a group called the Quarrymen, found himself listening to Paul McCartney auditioning for the group as he rapidly played his repertoire. No doubt he would be an asset to the band and Paul soon found himself working with John to hone their guitar playing skills. Most People "didn't think much of music as a career," but they didn't understand the word "tenacity." The "creativity and intelligence" of this duo would go a long way.

    As the band members of the Quarrymen began to leave, George Harrison came on board as well as Stuart Sutcliff. During this time period, the band was calling themselves the Silver Beatles. If they were playing backup, they often found that bands playing before them played their set. It soon became obvious that the only way to remedy the situation would be to write their own material. John and Paul "began to collaborate on songwriting," a partnership that result in a unique sound that would begin to propel the band forward. After drummer Pete Best joined to round out the group they found themselves playing in Germany "in a bar called the Indra, known for its violent brawls." The Beatles (the Silver had been dropped by then) weren't violent, but "Their wild performances were good for business." They were however, not without problems and they soon left Germany, leaving Stu behind.

    The Beatles were still a bit on the tough side as a group, but they did come back looking different. They were "wearing their hair brushed forward with a straight trim, a cut sometimes called the French style." People began to take note of their sound and one person in particular had his eye on them. Brian Epstein was "impressed with their sound," and wanted to become the manager of the band. The Beatles knew opportunity when they saw it and eagerly accepted Epstein's offer. Epstein, or Eppy, had a "talent for business management" and began to groom the band for success. He began to change their image by having them wear distinguished suits and they began to "tighten [up] their stage age." George Martin, who would eventually be known as the "Fifth Beatle," insisted on a better drummer and Pete best was replaced by Richard Starkey, Ringo. The band was poised for success and soon they would skyrocket to fame, a fame that may never be matched.

    This is a fun, informative look at the "Fab Four," The Beatles. We're not looking at an in depth biography of any one of the band members, but rather an overview of the personality of the entire band, what made them click, tick, and the its evolution from just another band to an "international phenomenon." Many young people I've talked to have rediscovered The Beatles' music as if it were just coming on board the music scene and I believe the material in this book will be we

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