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.
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.'
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
... 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.
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.
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!
The greatest rock band ever, ever!
They built a great reservoir of melody and poetry which we're still drawing on today.
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.
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.
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.
Over 55,000 people saw the
Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000 - the greatest gross ever in the history
of show business!
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!
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.
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
I don't think anybody comes close to The
Beatles, including Oasis.
Brian May of Queen
The Greatest Band To Ever Walk
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!
The Beatles saved the world
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