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31 December 2010
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In a separate thread, our new friend Inner Light wrote the following about Paul. I had been thinking about something similar to this earlier today and did not want to derail yet another thread, so I created this one.  Inner Light wrote…

“He is everywhere now in the media which to me hurts his image in my eyes. He is making himself too accessible and the mysticism is gone. It used to be if you ever saw one of the Beatles it was rare.”

So I ask - do any others feel the Beatles “market” has been over saturated? Back in the day before things like internet, cable TV or satellite radio, Beatles info was relatively rare - especially if you were like me and grew up in a small village of only 3,000 people. But that made it extremely precious. If you knew a kid who had a bootleg version of anything Beatles, he or she was a hero for at least 6 months.  Now, he or she is just…well…one of us.

On one hand, I miss the excitement generated when I stumbled across a rarity. On the other hand, I want all the rarities and I want them NOW, damn it!!!

Those of you who are older than 40 know what I mean, so I would like to hear from you. I also would love to know from our younger posters, who really have had unlimited access to Beatles info for as long as they can remember, do you also wish you could have had the excitement I mentioned earlier?

31 December 2010
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Well, I'm 53 so I guess that makes me over 40. And I can remember the absolute excitement over every new release. I can remember finding the first Let It Be bootlegs and me and my friends buying them and thinking we'd found treasure. I can remember the early days of videotape and spending evenings watching videos - awful quality - all the recordings coming and rumors of break ups and John in the news then Paul in the news.

I remember how we had to scour the papers for news, scour record stores for notleg releases  - every find was like a sacred quest. We would actually schedule days to go into NYC to go through all the underground record stores in the hopes of finding one rare thing.

Is all that missing now in the days of insta-info? Yes. But in the end it's about the incredible music. And anything that makes that more accessible is good.

Is the Beatles brand over-saturated? For sure. But you really can't over-play that music. Fab gear aside, it's all about the music. Seeing new generations getting turned on by the music - that's where it's at.

"She looks more like him than I do."
31 December 2010
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Me being a younger fan, I have to say that I would prefer to have lived when the Beatles were less commercial. I saw a magazine today about John's last interveiw with Rolling Stones and I thought that would be something really cool to have so I bought it. Then I learned almost everyone already read it on the internet. Old news, apparently. a-hard-days-night-paul-1

Although I can't relate to the whole small-town thing, my grandma can. She grew up in the midwest in a town of even smaller population - although the number escapes me now. She said that her friends used to have these sort of Beatles parties were a lot of the girls would come over and they'd listen to their music. She said girls would bring over magazines and posters and other "rarities" as they were known to them.

I also hate how since everyone at least knows them, it's hard to claim to be a fan when almost everyone else out there says they are too. Wearing a Beatles shirt doens't make you a big fan - it means you're like everyone else who owns one just to say they own one. Does this make sense?

At the same time, if I really just want to know who played the guitar solo in a certain song, or who said they liked what type of food, I can just go onto the internet and have my answer right there, rather than having to search through every magazine and interveiw of them to find it.

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