Top-25 Quotes About the Beatles

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“I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen.”
— Timothy Leary

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did.'”
— Kurt Vonnegut

“The Beatles defined their own sense of values and honor. They took stances without ever being politically correct. And they did it all with incredible humor... I honestly think that there are certain things in life that help people understand themselves. I think the Beatles are one of those things. They resonate the journey of true selfhood, really.”
— Sophie B. Hawkins

“It's nearly impossible to overstate the magnitude of the Beatles' influence - not just on music, but upon virtually every aspect of popular culture ... the Fab Four revolutionized the sound, style, and attitude of popular music ... Their initial impact would have been enough to establish the Beatles as one of their era's most influential cultural forces, but they didn't stop there.”
— Scott Schinder - Icons of Rock ( Schinder / Schwartz )

“That's my No. 1 biggest influence. If you're a rock musician and you say you don't like The Beatles, then you're a jerk. You're just trying to be cool, but you're really not. You can't deny The Beatles.”
— Jana Peri

“Although their initial style was a highly original synthesis of early American rock and roll and R&B, the Beatles spent the rest of the 1960s expanding rock's stylistic frontiers, consistently staking out new musical territory on each release. The band's increasingly sophisticated output encompassed a variety of genres ... without sacrificing the effortless mass appeal of their early work.”
— Andy Schwartz - Icons of Rock ( Schinder / Schwartz )

“It was like a merry-go-round in my head, they looked absolutely astonishing ... My whole life changed in a couple of minutes!
All I wanted was to be with them and to know them.”
— Astrid Kirchherr on meeting the pre-fame Beatles

“Artists who broke through the constraints of their time period to come up with something that was unique and original ... in the form of popular music, no one will ever be more revolutionary, more creative and more distinctive. They not only sparked the British Invasion of the US, they became a globally influential phenomenon as well.”
— Robert Greenfield ( former Rolling Stone associate editor )

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each others negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum parts. And that's how I see business. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”
— Steve Jobs / Apple Computer

“The Beatles - Paul, John, George and Ringo - have done more for the fall of Communism than any other western institution.”
— Artemy Troitsky

“Paul and George would come from next door in their school uniforms and all they could talk about was chords and guitars and music. They were sitting around this pile of chips and they'd start playing and strumming, and I would sit down and the hairs would stand up on the back of my neck when I heard the voices - the three of them, you know, at the age of 16, 17, 18. It was amazing!”
— Cynthia Lennon

“The greatest rock band ever, ever! They built a great reservoir of melody and poetry which we're still drawing on today.”
— Victor Spinetti

“Lennon and McCartney were superb composers - their songs were brilliant and remain brilliant.”
— Martin Goldsmith, author

“What kept the Beatles head and shoulders above everyone else is that they were prepared to change, do different things. No one record was a carbon copy of another. We never fell into the Star Wars II syndrome, remaking something under a new title.”
— George Martin

“We were driving through Colorado, we had the radio on, and eight of the Top 10 songs were Beatles songs...'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' all those early ones. They were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid... I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go.”
— Bob Dylan

“I was top of the bill and wearing a white suit. The boys [the Flamingos] are wearing purple suits. We're doing The Shadows and all that and the girls are screaming. These guys came walking in, they all had leather and black polo necks and John Lennon had big rips in his jeans. I thought, good God, what's this? They're going to ruin everything - the state of them! John Lennon hit his amplifier with a hammer, Paul put on a solid red Rosetti guitar with three strings on it, not even plugged in.

No stage clothes, just this scruffy, stinky, smelly group. All of a sudden I heard this voice, 'Oh, my soul! Baby, baby, baby.' Paul just ripped it out. My fans came screaming from one end of Litherland town hall [Merseyside, England] to the other to watch them. Usually all the girls tried to talk to me, but I was completely ignored! Beatles, oh man, I was sick.”
— Faron Ruffley (Faron's Flamingos)

“There was an enormous crowd of kids gathered around [London Airport - October 1963] and Silvie and I asked them what was going on. They said 'the Beatles were here' and we didn't know who the Beatles were - We had never heard of them! That night I booked Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon for 3 shows for $10,000.”
 
“The Beatles first appeared on our show on February 9, 1964, and I have never seen any scenes to compare with the bedlam that was occasioned by their debut. Broadway was jammed with people for almost eight blocks. They screamed, yelled, and stopped traffic. It was indescribable ... There has never been anything like it in show business, and the New York City police were very happy it didn't - and wouldn't - happen again.”
— Ed Sullivan

“Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000 - the greatest gross ever in the history of show business!”
— Sid Bernstein

After the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964, at approx. 8:04pm [laughs], after that moment every album, every guitar, evey set of drums that was ever sold ... 10% should have gone right into their pocket!”
— George Thorogood

“The Beatles were formative in my upbringing, my education. They came from a very similar background: the industrial towns in England, working class; they wrote their own songs, conquered the world. That was the blueprint for lots of other British kids to try to do the same.”
— Sting

“I love the Beatles. What more can I say? I'm not gonna lie to you. I love 'em. They make me happy. And I think they were the best, and still are.”
— Liam Gallagher

“I don't think anybody comes close to The Beatles, including Oasis.”
— Brian May of Queen

“The Greatest Band To Ever Walk The Earth!”
— Ozzy Osbourne

“Don't you think that the Beatles gave every sodden thing they've got to be the Beatles? That took a whole section of our youth - that whole period - when everybody else was just goofin' off we were workin' 24 hours a day!”
— John Lennon

“The Beatles saved the world from boredom.”
— George Harrison