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To be (there), or not to be (there).
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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
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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 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 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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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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Paul McCartney said:

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


 

True that.

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