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To be (there), or not to be (there).
9 June 2010
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Among those of us who seem to post on a regular basis lately, there are many different age brackets represented. Some of us were alive during the original Beatlemania craze back in the early sixties. Some are just discovering the Four through the Rockband game or their parents or some other means. Some of the younger set has even mentioned they wish they were born a lot earlier in order to have experienced the mania firsthand.

That brings up my question for this thread. Is it better to have “been there” or is it better to be jumping on the proverbial bandwagon?

Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. I was only a little over 6 years old when they split yet I mourn that event to this day. I truly enjoy listening, watching, and reading anything Beatles. However, a twinge of sadness hits me just knowing there will be no new music, no more John and no more George. It makes me wonder if I would have been better off being one of those who discovered the Beatles after the fact. I would have been spared the heartache that went along with the break-up and the passing of my 2 favorite Beatles. The part that intrigues (scares?) me is I wonder – if I had been born in the past 30 years, would I have enjoyed them as much as I do now?

I’d be curious to hear from the more experienced (God, I hate the word older) posters to see if they feel the same way.  I would also like to hear from the posters who are less than 30 years old (before John passed away) to find out if you really do wish you were around when the Four were still Fab.

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9 June 2010
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I am 26, and I do and I don't. I think it's a lot easier being a fan now because of the internet. But it would have been a lot of fun pouring over magazines, trying to glean clues as to what was going to be in their first movie or having my mind blown the first time I heard Revolver/ SPLHCB/ the White Album etc. I'm not sure how I feel about 'missing' the sad parts – the break up, the law suits, murder,  and cancer. I was obviously alive when George passed, but it was pretty soon after September 11th, so my mind was on other things.

I guess there is something to be said for experiencing events rather than just reading about them.

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9 June 2010
8.36pm
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Like Skye, I'm quite half-and-half about it. 

I would love to be alive during that era simply for the era itself. Most things in this generation (except the computer- I'm too devoted a-hard-days-night-paul-7) don't appeal to be, and I've always been considered an "old soul". I think I would fit in better then, feel more me then.

But just for the opportunity to listen the moment the Beatles emerged? This is the yes and no part. I would love to have had the chance to see them live, or catch a glimpse of John or George just once! (Ringo and Paul- I'm still hunting you down!) Just hearing about them in the news and seeing them in the newspaper would be great. 
The thing I can cope with in this day and age is the fact that their popularity is still insanely widespread, but not as much as it was then. They feel more… mine, private now. I think every Beatles fan feels like they own them at least a little bit. a-hard-days-night-john-6 I also like having the wonderful technology of the remastered albums and the fact that I can carry them around with me in a little iPod when I walk to school. I don't know- it's both. I feel I'd be lost in the crowd in the '60s.

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9 June 2010
8.47pm
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I'm glad to be where I was in all this.

I really don't care for the whole media circus thing or large crowds, so those things may have turned me off to them had I been a teen or older in the 60's.

They boys were still making music that I can remember being new, so that was way cool.  I went from LP to 8track to Cassette and then to CD, so I got to experience all that.

Yep, I wouldn't change a thing.

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9 June 2010
8.51pm
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Yeah this is a tough question but I think just because it's music means that I would rather not have been there because I feel like music can be replicated. Now, the Beatles were and forever will be the most unique band of all time just by the sheer amount of material they covered in such a short span, but I feel like the opportunity to make or hear music that compares to Beatles music is still there, it's just our generation is waiting for our Beatles. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong and MTV and the media have truly ruined popular music as we know it, but maybe someone somewhere will breakthrough and captivate and inspire our generation as the Beatles did theirs. Oh, well, a man can dream…a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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9 June 2010
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It depends.

 

If I can move, then yes, I'd love living those years in England. But if I have to stay in Mexico, I'd rather stay in 2010.

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9 June 2010
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Like others, I think I would've liked to have been around in The Turbulent '60s – to have experienced the Summer of Love as a teenager or young adult instead of the fetus I actually was at the time – but I have a great love for much of the music of the era, jazz and R&B and pop aside from the Beatles. As for the Beatles specifically, I don't think I ever gave it much thought until just recently, weeks ago, watching Youtube footage of the rooftop concert. When they begin to play "Get Back", and the camera crew captures the reactions of the folks in the street, and that one guy is like "Oh, is this their next single?" – the magnitude of the moment just overwhelmed me. To live in a world where all was well (except in Vietnam, or Biafra, or…well, etc.) and these Beatles were still a going concern; and you could be excited or disgusted or only mildly interested upon hearing their new single (The Beatles' New Single!!) for the first time. And meanwhile the band is splintering, and won't last another year; but for all the people in the street know, our beloved moptops are still on top of the world (literally) and are playing a free concert for a lucky (or annoyed) crowd of a few hundred or a few thousand, some of whom maybe even realize that this is an historic moment that folks will still be talking (or writing) (or "blogging") about, forty years-and-counting later.  "Oh, is this their new single?" - wow!  

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10 June 2010
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I feel fortunate to have been there when Beatlemania hit America.  I feel doubly fortunate to see that the Beatles' music never grows old and continually inspires new generations.  Best of both worlds…although I'm a little envious of those discovering this music for the first time.  New listeners are saying what we said in the 60s: "Wow!  This is unlike anything else out there."

 

10 June 2010
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I believe was I born in the wrong decade. God must have just forgot to turn the 9's in "1996" upside down. I envy all people who were there during Beatlemania! I can only here stories about Beatlemania from my grandmother.

If I had no relative that wasn't there during Beatlemania or couldn't live to tell me some Beatle-stories, I think I would probably cry.a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

 

 

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10 June 2010
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Sunii! I was born in 1996 too! And my birthday is August 15th. AUGUST 15th!!! Do you guys know how amazing of a birthday that would have been if I was born in like 1950 and grew up in the 60s? Grrr… a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

 

I don't know if I would want to be part of Beatlemania then though… I would have about killed myself if I didn't get the chance to meet them or see them live while they were together. I kind of like the fact that they are really rare now, you know? Like whenever I hear about a new Beatles compilation or biography, I jump at the opportunity to get it. Also, I agree with Alissa… a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I like how my peers 'n things don't really know about them or like them as much as I do, so I feel like they're my special little secret no one else knows about. a-hard-days-night-george-9

 

I just wish I had a time machine, so I could choose which events to experience… but oh well. a-hard-days-night-john-4

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10 June 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

Sunii! I was born in 1996 too! And my birthday is August 15th. AUGUST 15th!!!


 

You are kidding me! I was born August 16th! You were born one day before me! Weird, but cool,a-hard-days-night-george-9

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10 June 2010
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Sunii said:


 

Gaahhh oh goodness, I'm sorry! I made a mistake, I meant to say I was due on the 15th… but my actual birthday is August 9th!!! a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

 

I *wish* my birthday was the 15th, then I'd be happy even if I was still born in 1996… then I could have had the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on my birthday in nine years! But my birthday is on the 9th, so… eek sorry 'bout the misunderstanding! a-hard-days-night-ringo-6I don't know what I was typing! But you can't really blame me, I was in the middle of watching the Stanley Cup a-hard-days-night-george-7 It's still pretty cool though! Our birthdays are somewhat close together! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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10 June 2010
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Yeah, somewhat close!a-hard-days-night-george-9

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10 June 2010
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I would have loved to have been there in the 60s! I've always loved music from them, my favourite aritst before The Beatles was The Who. Before then, I didn't really listen to music that much. Anyways, I would have loved to live in the 60's because I am a lot like the people (plus I've always wanted to try LSD, at least once!). The one thing I wouldn't like though, is waiting for the next album to come out! Being from this decade, with the new releases, you just have to buy the remasters and you have each song they ever released as a band on cd! I bring it with me when my brother is driving with me and I have it on my iPod so I can listen to them whenever I want! Annoys people when they are talking to me because I tend to leave my headphones in even when my music is off but I don't mind! Stops them from talking to me if it's not that important (or if they aren't that ignorant!). Now, we also have new music to compare to the Beatles and tons of parodys and covers (a blessing and a curse)! And yes, we didn't have to go through the bad times that have passed but that also means we don't have that chance to have such an emothional connection with the band.

10 June 2010
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Sunii said:

I believe was I born in the wrong decade. God must have just forgot to turn the 9's in "1996" upside down. I envy all people who were there during Beatlemania! I can only here stories about Beatlemania from my grandmother.

If I had no relative that wasn't there during Beatlemania or couldn't live to tell me some Beatle-stories, I think I would probably cry.a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

 

 


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10 June 2010
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Paul McCartney said:

Sunii said:

I believe was I born in the wrong decade. God must have just forgot to turn the 9's in "1996" upside down. I envy all people who were there during Beatlemania! I can only here stories about Beatlemania from my grandmother.

If I had no relative that wasn't there during Beatlemania or couldn't live to tell me some Beatle-stories, I think I would probably cry.a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

 

 


1666? Ahaha

 

Err, you understand what I mean.a-hard-days-night-george-7

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10 June 2010
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Ahaha, I know. I just thought it was funny. My mum was born in 1962, so she wasn't really old enough to experience Beatlemania. My grandma doesn't speak English, and I doubt she even knows who they are, so I have no-one to tell me awesome stories about it. 

I'm not sure if I would want to live back then. If I could live back then with modern technology, then I would, definitely.

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10 June 2010
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Paul McCartney said:

Ahaha, I know. I just thought it was funny. My mum was born in 1962, so she wasn't really old enough to experience Beatlemania. My grandma doesn't speak English, and I doubt she even knows who they are, so I have no-one to tell me awesome stories about it. 

I'm not sure if I would want to live back then. If I could live back then with modern technology, then I would, definitely.


 

Oh gosh I feel sorry for you PAUL MCCARTNEY(sorry i had to emphasize it:) you have no one to tell you any stories!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

And who needs modern technology back then when you have the Beatles?a-hard-days-night-john-7

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10 June 2010
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You know, that's the second time my username has been pointed out to be at odds with what I said. I really need to change it, ahaha.

And that's true, I wouldn't care about it if I had never experienced it. Not to mention how awesome it would be going to see them performing live.

Also, I keep watching your DP, over and over again. It's sort of hypnotic

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10 June 2010
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Paul McCartney said:

Also, I keep watching your DP, over and over again. It's sort of hypnotic


 

True that.

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