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How I first got hooked on the Beatles
30 January 2013
Into the Sky with Diamonds
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If you were alive when the Beatles were around, is was easy.

They were everywhere - on the radio, in magazines, on television, in the movie theaters.

But for those of you who weren't around, what was it that got you so interested?

Was it a song on the radio? A song at a party? An album cover?

What was particularly appealing?

(some of you have already discussed this upon introducing yourselves to the Forum. but I thought a thread that pulls everyone's experiences together would be of interest).

For me, it was the Ed Sullivan Show. I'd just turned 10. The next day I used up my savings to buy Meet the Beatles, and the rest is history.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
30 January 2013
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I was born almost a year before John died, so I'm 2nd generation, I guess (my parents grew up in the 60s). For me, it was hearing the songs all the time on the radio and at home on my parent's vinyl/cassettes growing up. When I was 8 my uncle taped all of the 1987-issue CDs he'd just bought (this would've been 1988) and from that moment on I was hooked.

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31 January 2013
Funny Paper
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I went into detail about this on some other topic, but I'll put it in a nutshell here:

I discovered the Beatles by first hearing Ram in about 1971 (I was part of a group of high school students taken to a farm outside my city to have a "day in the country" walking around the barns, riding horses, etc., and a house on the property had two giant speakers set up on their porch blasting the whole Ram album -- which blew me away), then purchasing it the next day, then soon after purchasing the previous album McCartney.

In the meantime, my older sister kept talking about the Beatles and especially the White Album, and by this time I realized I should delve into their music.  I then bought the White Album, and the rest is history.  At about that time, I saw Help! in a movie theater showing classics, and that deepened my interest in them.


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31 January 2013
Inside a Letterbox
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I've said it before, but after most of a decade of reasonable familiarity with the best-known singles, I became a TRUE fan in the weeks after December 8, 1980, when my local radio station gave me all sorts of exposure to all the various mindblowing album cuts (and solo John Lennon stuff) for the first time. Many music fans reach the utmost of their intensity as they approach their teen years, obviously, so the timing was important.

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