Beatles

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to London. The mop tops demonstrated that they could excel at clowning (like reincarnated Marx Brothers) as well as singing, and the madcap affair came off with enormous energy and good humour.(...)

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr is best known for her striking photos of The Beatles taken during their first stay in Hamburg, which were later reproduced around the world. Ironically, though, people would probably be more familiar with the photographs than they would with the photographer's name. In a sense, it could be said that The Beatles' success overshadowed Kirchherr's(...)

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles in Hamburg provide a colourful backdrop for the story of Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), the original Beatles bassist who dies of a brain haemmorhage in 1962. Backbeat centres on artist Stu's intense affair with style-setting photographer Astrid Kirchherr (Sheryl Lee). The film's main asset though, is the charismatic performance of(...)

Beatle Boots

Beatlemania

Beatlemania

By 1963 the newspapers were calling it "Beatlemania" - and there was no doubt that Britain was in love with The Beatles. Screaming fans clogged the streets around the London Palladium when the Liverpool rock group starred in a TV show, caused traffic jams at airports - incidentally delaying the new Prime Minister - and bought(...)

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to 20 April 1969 on ABC Television. They were then seen in syndication and overseas. The series was also repeated in the US in 1986 and 1987 on MTV. Almost(...)

Beatles, The

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog display and the crowning of a Rose Queen, The Quarrymen are one of the attractions at a garden fete of St Peter's, the parish church of Woolton in Liverpool. The(...)

Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein was born on 19 September 1934, in Rodney Street, Liverpool - an exclusive area well known for its concentration of doctors. The grandson of a Polish immigrant, Brian was the first of two children born to Queenie and Harry Epstein. When the war broke out Liverpool became a prime bombing target because of(...)

Cavern, The

A foul-smelling, dirty, damp and cramped cellar beneath a fruit warehouse at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool city centre had served as a World War II air-raid shelter, its steep flight of 18 slippery stone steps leading down to a set of fetid brick catacombs. In January 1957 a young trainee Liverpool stockbroker called Alan(...)

George Harrison

Of all the individual solo output following the break-up of The Beatles, George Harrison provided the real surprise with the 1970 triple album set All Things Must Pass - a three million-selling US Number One. Never a big contributor to The Beatles' writing credits, his solo effort is thought to contain all the songs that Lennon and McCartney rejected during his(...)

George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records' Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The Beatles. His previous claim to fame had been as producer of Peter Sellers comedy albums, but Martin played an essential part in developing the recorded sound of The Beatles - and(...)

Help! (1965)

Fresh from the success of A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles had the world at their feet and pitched to follow in the globetrotting wake of fellow Cool Britannia icon James Bond. This time they are pursued by an Eastern mystic sect because Ringo has a sacred ring stuck on his finger. The plot opens as(...)

John Lennon

John Lennon

"We're more popular than Jesus right now", John Lennon said in 1966 at the height of The Beatles success. His irreverent remark caused a storm of controversy in the USA, where the Fab Four reigned supreme in the pop charts. Lennon's verbal wit and Paul McCartney's gift for melody added up to one of the most successful songwriting(...)

Let It Be (1970)

Originally arranged as rehearsals for a one-off live show, the TV documentary/concert McCartney envisioned devolved instead into a depressing fly-on-the-wall ogle at The Beatles' dissolution. Lindsay-Hogg deliberately placed cameras where the band wouldn't notice them, giving us the first rockumentary to capture - without commentary - the end of a musical dream, vision, and era.(...)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This hour-long made-for-television film starring The Beatles first aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the public and critics attacked the movie the very next day, which kept it from being screened on American television (although it later appeared in selected cinemas in the US). It was conceived and executed in haste,(...)

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