The Beatles by Paul Shipton

The Beatles by Paul Shipton

This book tells about the story of the world famous group that has changed the world. Its heritage is millions of fans, a huge number of concerts and thousands of imitators. This group is listened to even today, despite the fact that it has not been performing for a long time. One of the musicians John Lennon died many years ago. All four band members were born during World War II in Liverpool. Life was hard at that time. But in Liverpool there was world news appearing. One day, rock and roll from the United States got there and four teenagers understood what they would do. It seemed to be a gateway to a new, more interesting life. Later they found each other and got such a success, which the musicians of that time could not even dream of. The beginning of a musical career was not easy, but they were able to leave a mark in history.

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The Beatles by Paul Shipton

Paul McCartney once said, The Beatles were always a great little band – nothing more, nothing less.’ Millions of fans around the world disagree with this. To them, the Beatles were a ‘great little band’ who changed modern music forever.

When the Beatles ended in 1970, people around the world couldn’t believe it. John, Paul, George and Ringo all followed their own interests successfully. But all four faced the same question everywhere they went: ‘When will you play together again?’ The answer always seemed the same – never – but fans could hope and dream.

Then, on 8 December 1980, the dream ended. John Lennon and Yoko Ono were returning home to their building in New York. Mark Chapman was waiting in the shadows. He shouted to John and then he shot the singer in the back and chest. John Lennon died in hospital that night.

The news was met with sadness all around the world. The Beatles could never play together again.

The Beatles by Paul Shipton

Early Days

The four boys from Liverpool were all born during the Second World War. Life in the northern city wasn’t always easy after the war. Most people lived in small houses and many were poor. But like many ports, Liverpool was open to new ideas. Sometimes ships brought something that other places in Britain couldn’t get – rock and roll records from the US! For the young people of Liverpool in the 1950s, the exciting sound of rock and roll was an escape from their daily lives.

Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) was born in 1940 and grew up in one of Liverpool’s poorest areas. He was often ill, and he first played drums in hospital. He bought his first drum around 1956 – just one big drum! He played with a few local bands. Then he joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Around this time, Richard took a new name – ‘Ringo’ – because of all the rings on his hands.

 

George Harrison, the youngest Beatle, was born in 1943. His father was a bus driver, but before that he worked on ships. George loved his father’s records from the US. At school, he sat in class drawing pictures of guitars. When he did get his guitar, he practiced all the time…

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