The Beatles in Hamburg by Ian Inglis
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What it lacks is a sense of perspective...Mr. Inglis says: "The significance of this small event—and all that followed it—is almost without parallel in the history of music in the twentieth century." Almost without parallel?
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‘The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!’ While the chant will be familiar to any Beatles fan, there was a time before the band took the world by storm, when they were little more than an inexperienced, though talented, semi-professional group of musicians in dire need of practice. Their agent Allen Williams first sent them to Germany in August 1960 and through their experiences and difficulties in Hamburg, The Beatles not only became proficient musicians, but more importantly began to build the reputation that would eventually make them the most popular band in the world. The Beatles in Hamburg is the first detailed, objective analysis of the events and personalities that shaped The Beatles as performers, composers and musicians, and the role that Hamburg itself played in their remarkable story. Ian Inglis illuminates this obscure period in Beatles history, providing a revealing view of a crucial, formative period for the group. Written by one of the world’s leading scholars of the Beatles and their music, the book will be of immense interest to fans of the group, as well as those interested in the history of popular music and the social history of the 1960s.
 

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Ian Inglis is a visiting fellow in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Reaktion Books. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Christopher Bray on May 25 2012

What it lacks is a sense of perspective...Mr. Inglis says: "The significance of this small event—and all that followed it—is almost without parallel in the history of music in the twentieth century." Almost without parallel?

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