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  • Notes (Citations): 1. 2. 3. 4.
  • Notes: Pictures at bottom – Left is John Lennon arriving in the United States in 1964; Right is John Lennon during his “Give Peace A Chance” phase.Lennon met his 2nd wife, Yoko Ono, whom he was married to until his death, in the year 1966; They married in 1968. Information retrieved from band, The Quarrymen, originally settled on the drummer, Pete Best; he later would be replaced by Ringo StarrThe decided name change, John joked, had come to him in a vision when he was 12. A man appeared and said “From this day on, you are Beatles with an ‘A’”
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  • Picture Explanation: Posthumous honor – Play on John Lennon’s idea of imagining world peace (Top left). Common cartoon drawing of John Lennon with his signature (Top right). Lennon in studio, playing guitar (Bottom left). 1971 John Lennon “Imagine” album (Bottom right).
  • Notes: Information retrieved from Pictures: Left – McCartney arriving in America in 1964; Right – McCartney during a live performance in Prague in 2004.The house which he grew up in is now owned by the National TrustMet John Lennon on July 6, 1957 and joined his group, known as The Quarrymen; This group, after several name and member changes, became The Beatles
  • Notes: Information taken from & Photos: Left – Harrison in the Oval Office 1974; Right – Harrison later in life, circa 1990’s. Besides playing lead guitar, Harrison sang backup vocals and an occasional lead (“Roll Over Beethoven,” “If I Needed Someone,” “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You”) in the Beatles
  • Notes: I felt this to be relevant since George was called the “Quiet Beatle.” He had to get his views out.
  • Notes: Information from & Photos: Left – Starr arriving in America, with his fellow band mates, in 1964; Right – Starr circa 2007 with “Love Peace” shirt and peace sign in view.Dropped out of school as a teen because he missed a lot school as a child due to his constantly being sickStarr met the members of another Liverpool group, the Beatles, while both groups were playing in Hamburg, Germany, in 1960. Two years later, he was asked to join the Beatles to replace their drummer at the time, Pete Best
  • Notes: Not every Beatles album is listed, rather the ones which are more well known. The release dates may vary, due to the fact that these are the release dates for the UK, not the US. Retrieved from
  • Notes: From top left- Abbey Road 1969, Rubber Soul 1965, The White Album 1968, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967
  • Notes: Citation - Money stack to represent success
  • Notes: Citation: is to explain how different things may have been in the 1960’s, and since that is when the Beatles were around, I think it was significant to mention.
  • Notes: Lyric interpretation taken from the song: This song’s lyrics, in their respective verses, are about each of the Beatles
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  • Notes: the song: Strawberry Fields is an orphanage. John's aunt's house was right next door and John used to go over there as a child and play there. It was not a park, it was nota retirement community. It was written while John was filming in Spain and realizing he missed the boys. Later Ringo came to keep him company.
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  • Notes: The album topped the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. at number one
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  • Notes: an interview in 1996, Noel Gallagher said “It's beyond an obsession. It's an ideal for living. I don't even know how to justify it to myself. With every song that I write, I compare it to The Beatles”On an altogether different scale of obsession, Liam Gallagher even named his first son, Lennon
  • Notes:, Oasis have been the closest it gets to Beatles copyists, apart from, say, the Bootleg Beatles.However, although they do steal the occasional Beatles melody, their success has focused around their ability to write their own melodies and then arrange them in a Beatle-esque style, but with a rocky, attitude-dowsed edge.And although they have never quite experienced The Beatlemania-like levels of success the Fab Four did, they've broken chart records and both Noel and Liam are A-list tabloid fodder.
  • Notes:, then, was like the movie, "Hairspray". Very clean cut, the music-sappy and stupid-innocent. Even Elvis, who was the 50's rebel, seemed to have lost his edge and became too clean, too nice, his songs simply sucked.It was the British rock bands that showed America how it should be done.
  • Notes: Fashion originated in London on Carnaby street. Schools and many parents fought long hair for many years, some high schools had a policy of no long hair to the collar up until 1967-8.
  • Notes: have been two movies where the soundtrack consisted of only Beatle songs (done as covers). The concept of Beatlemania is hard to comprehend if you were not alive or were too young, or simply missed it. It was one of those things that you say, "you had to be there". No amount of words can even begin to show the impact of The Beatles.
  • Notes: Citation - the contrary, the Beatles did not corrupt the youth, rather they kept people off the streets. They inspired kids to take up guitar, and before anyone knew it, garage bands were popping up all over the place. Picture – The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
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    • 1. Impact Of The Beatles
      Matt Smith
      Ms. Oren
      English 12, Period 9
    • 2. John Lennon: 1940-1980, Aged 40
      One half of the Lennon/McCartney writing unit
      Lead guitarist and often lead singer (“Come Together”)
      Paul McCartney: 1942-Present, Age 67
      Second half of the Lennon/McCartney unit
      Other lead singer and backing guitar (“Eleanor Rigby”)
      George Harrison: 1943-2001, Aged 58
      Occasional writer & Vocalist (“Here Comes The Sun” & “Something”)
      Played Bass Guitar & Sitar
      Ringo Starr: 1940-Present, Age 69
      Occasional singer (“Yellow Submarine”)
      Drummer – Replaced original drummer, Pete Best
      The Band Mates (The Early Years)
    • 3. John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
      Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, NW England, UK, during a German air raid in World War II
      Biographies: Part 1
    • 4. John Lennon, being as he was so influential, often gave his thoughts on life itself
      There are many quotes in existence that, even to this day, still remain true and make sense
      “The more I see the less I know for sure”
      “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination”
      “A dream you dream alone is only a dream; a dream you dream together is reality”
      All You Need Is…Quotes?
    • 5. Imagine, If You Will
    • 6. Paul McCartney (1942 – Present)
      Grew up in a traditional north of England working-class society, located in Liverpool
      Biographies: Part 2
    • 7. George Harrison (1943 – 2001)
      Like his future band mates, Harrison was not born into wealth
      Born into a working-class family, Harrison attended Dovedale Primary School, three years behind John Lennon
      Biographies: Part 3
    • 8. Harrison quipped "We had Get Back in the can, but one day we just decided that we'd like to do a newer album. There was no particular reason -- we just wanted to do some of our newest songs. The trouble with making albums is that it is difficult to represent the group, as it is at present, I mean like right now. Abbey Road was only finished a few weeks ago, so it does fairly present the Beatles as we are it this point in time.”
      George Harrison’s View On “Abbey Road”
    • 9. Ringo Starr (1940 – Present)
      Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, in Liverpool, England
      He grew up poor in Liverpool, and his father left the family when Starr was only three
      Biographies: Part 4
    • 10. 1963 – Please Please Me
      1964 – A Hard Day’s Night
      1965 – Help! & Rubber Soul
      1966 – Revolver
      1967 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band & Magical Mystery Tour
      1968 – The Beatles (The White Album)
      1969 – Abbey Road & Yellow Submarine
      1970 – Let It Be
      A Collection Of Albums
    • 11. A Collection Of Albums (Cont’d)
    • 12. As it pertains to the success of each Beatles album, they made a ton of money from sales
      Their most popular album, among the general public, was Revolver
      This album sold over one billion copies and with it, The Beatles became such a huge influence on the course of rock music
      Money, And The Enjoyable Pursuit
    • 13. Sure, we know about the Beatles’ success, but what was the economy like in the 60’s?
      If you have $100 Converted from 1960 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $679.09 today
      In 1960 a new house cost $12,700.00 and by 1969 was $15,500.00
      In 1960 the average cost of new car was $2,600.00 and by 1969 was $3,270.00
      A Few Questions Left Unanswered
    • 14. Break Down The Songs: “Come Together” (1969)
      Vocals: John Lennon
      Guitar: Paul McCartney
      Bass: George Harrison
      Drums: Ringo Starr
      The first verse, “Here come old flat top,” is about Ringo Starr, because he usually wore his hair flat and/or long
    • 15. Break Down The Songs: “Come Together” (1969) Cont’d
      The second verse, “He wear no shoeshine,” is about George Harrison, because he converted to Middle Eastern religion and he usually went barefoot
      The third verse, “He bag production,” is about John Lennon. The lyric “Feet down below his knees” described Lennon’s stubbornness and reluctance to change his ways
      The final verse, “He roller coaster,” is about Paul McCartney. The lyric “Got to be good looking ‘cause he’s so hard to see” portrays the thought that McCartney was the best looking in their group of four
    • 16. Break Down The Songs: “Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
      Vocals: Paul McCartney
      Harmony Vocals: George Harrison & John Lennon
      Note: Ringo Starr was not involved in this particular song
      About the song: The song’s tone takes on a morbid and empty tone. The main character, Eleanor Rigby, seems to be lonely, so she puts on a proverbial mask to hide her true feelings from others
    • 17. Break Down The Songs: “Eleanor Rigby” (1966) (Cont’d)
      The first verse, “Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been,” simply describes her own loneliness. It also goes further by talking about the “mask” she wears in order to hide her feelings
      The second verse, “Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon no one will hear,” describes the fact that nobody is in church to listen to him; They could care less
      The third verse, “Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name,” goes into describing how the Father did not care about her death
    • 18. Vocals: John Lennon
      Guitar: George Harrison
      Bass: Paul McCartney
      Drums/Cymbals: Ringo Starr
      "Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about" - nothing really matters because everything dealing with their fame was/is fake; the people, the places, the sentiment.
      Break Down The Songs: “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
    • 19. Break Down The Songs: “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967) (Cont’d)
      "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" - When you don't pay attention to the world around you you tend to misunderstand situations though that tends to make things easy because you only see what you want to see.
      "It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn't matter much to me" - He doesn't know who he is anymore but when the others are there it seems okay so the fakeness doesn't matter.
    • 20. Break Down The Songs: “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967) (Cont’d)
      "No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must high or low" - John thought no one ever understood him because he was on either a higher or lower level than they they were.
      "That is you can't, you know, tune in, but it's all right, that is I think it's not too bad" - He used to hate that people couldn't be like him or understand him but now he was realizing that even if they couldn't 'tune in' to what he was thinking it was cool because he liked them anyway.
    • 21. "Always, no sometimes, think it's me, but you know I know when it's a dream" - he sometimes (said always but then realized that it wasn't always) blames himself for everything that goes wrong but then realized that it's the fakeness (dream) of stardom.
      "I think I know, I mean a 'yes' but it's all wrong, that is I think I disagree." - he's saying he thought he knew the answers but then he realized he was wrong so now he disagreeswith the stuffhe was pulling.
      Break Down The Songs: “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967) (Cont’d)
    • 22. As we know, there recently was video game released on the market, in honor of The Beatles
      It is a new chapter in the series, “Rock Band,” where the players can take control of their favorite band mate
      The game uses many popular tracks and it accurately simulates the feeling of being onstage with the Fab Four
      If Ever There Was A “Rock Band” (Popular Culture Influence)
    • 23. The Beatles, both individually & collectively, were successful
      They had released several albums, all of which were commercially successful
      Their most popular album was released in 1966 and was entitled “Revolver”
      They Are More Popular Than…You Know
    • 24. Without the Beatles, bands today wouldn’t have made it as far as they have
      Their influence on artists as diverse as Elton John and Pink Floyd was obvious as the 1970s began
      The group is generally seen as the originator of the concept album, with 1967's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
      Musical Influence
    • 25. While the Beatles' star waned with the advent of punk and new wave music in the late 1970s, even then the influence of the Beatles' sound and style could still be heard in artists like Squeeze, the Police and Elvis Costello
      A decade later a whole new generation of young musicians rediscovered the Fab Four
      Musical Influence (Cont’d)
    • 26. The late 1980’s, Manchester-centered, musical phenomenon known as "baggy" not only saw its musical aficionados sporting Beatle-esque haircuts but also drew heavily on the 1960’s
      The Beatles' influence was particularly present in the guitar-style and song arrangements of The Stone Roses, with guitarist John Squire citing them as one of his main influences
      Musical Influence (Cont’d)
    • 27. Nevertheless, with such an amalgamation (Joining/Blend) of sounds, their music never even closely resembled The Beatles
      That was to still to come. First with fellow Liverpool natives, The La's, with their 1990 hit, There She Goes
      In most cases, fusing Beatles psychedelia with electronic elements taken from the simultaneously developing acid house scene
      Musical Influence (Cont’d)
    • 28. Indeed the mid-90s saw a whole host of Beatles-influenced bands succeeding commercially, such as Dodgy with their uplifting guitar-pop and sun-drenched choruses
      However, taking the world by storm in 1994, with their debut album, Definitely Maybe, Manchester's Gallagher brothers lived and breathed Beatles, to the point of namedropping the Fab Four in every interview
      Musical Influence (Cont’d – 1990’s)
    • 29. Although it seemed that the Beatles heavily influenced many of the successful indie bands in the 1990s, their pop has been savored in unexpected areas too - many people have compared Angels by Robbie Williams with Hey Jude
      American skate-punk band, Offspring did a remarkable rehash of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in Why Don't You Get A Job from their Americana album
      A Rebirth
    • 30. Enter The Beatles. Long hair. Loud music. Radical yet cool look. Beatle boots. Tight suits. Witty personalities and great humor not mention four very distinctive and recognizable voices. Add to this, harmony with good looks
      While they did do cover songs, they clearly were great songwriters from the start. After the Ed Sullivan broadcast, nearly all public pop stations were devoted to Beatle music. In some cases, they only played their music for days.
      The Beatles: They Had Class
    • 31. For guys, it meant style and long hair from that time onward. No more hair grease, no combing it back from the forehead like Elvis, no more haircuts with rims around the ear. That was a very major cultural event in the 60’s
      Teenage clothing copied the Beatle look with collarless shirts, tight jeans, Beatle boots
      The Beatles: They Had Class (Cont’d)
    • 32. Musically, The Beatles showed pop music how to be a rock band with their huge Marshall amplifiers or Vox equipment
      Ask Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Oasis, Nirvana or any rock artist about influences, The Beatles are there
      The Beatles' impact is all over today. Listen to pop music, whether it is a guitar lick, harmonies, song structure, lyrics
      More On Influence
    • 33. Beginning with theirEd Sullivan Show appearance, the Beatles brought to a new generation, much more than just a great, new sound and long hair for boys
      Like others before them, the Beatles were vilified and accused of corrupting the youth of America
      The American Debate