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How You Got Into The Beatles
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24 January 2011
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Oh hey! You're back. Where have you been? a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

24 January 2011
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Saw the light on so I thought I'd drop in skye …. How ya goin'?  a-hard-days-night-george-10

Basically, I'm too scatterbrained these days to participate at places on a regular basis so you'll only see me now and then. 

Plus with all the other joints I go to, I get caught up here n' there all the time. Plus there's the never ending scouring of eBay. (evil place)

…. and don't get me started on Audio Gear, otherwise I'll never stop and I'm planning on an early night for a change! (it's almost 1.30am where I am and ya gotta remember, I'm getting pretty old and fragile too these days.)

I'm still recovering from stacking another pair of boxes that I finished restoring today, on top of some other boxes. Just kills me.

The collection of Beatles' stuff still grows daily. I must catalogue it all one day and find out once and for all What have I got, and How Much have I got. (… yeah right! That'll be a bigger job than stacking more speakers on the stereo!)  LoL.

It just amazes me just how much of it there is out there. I'm sure that every word that any of the Beatles ever said is recorded and stashed away somewhere, and will surface eventually. Only problem with that is that I keep having to buy bigger hard drives!   Heh heh heh.

Anyway, 'nuff said for now, I'm off to Pepperland…. I've got some Blue Meanies to count.

 

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz……….  blue-meanie

….. once a Sergeant, always a Sergeant.

24 January 2011
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Nigel the good dog said:

Well, my first expirence with them was watching The Parent Trap when I was very little and Here Comes The Sun played and I absoulutly loved the song, even though I didn't know who sang it. But my true Beatlemaina started last year when one of my facebook friends posted Imagine by John Lennon on his wall. Even though it isn't even a Beatles song, I saw links on Youtube to Beatles songs and just fell in love with them! Cannot imagine life without them!


Right so, The Parent Trap used to be my favorite movie when I was younger and I hadn't seen it in years. So, I read your comment and have no recollection of this ever happening. So right now I'm rewatching it and I just hear the first chords of HCS and I just got all giddy. I can't believe I never realized that the Beatles have been in my life for so long without me knowing. So thank you for reminding me of this.

 

God damn you Beatles! Why do you have to be so amazing all the time? a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-10a-hard-days-night-george-8a-hard-days-night-paul-8

Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.

24 January 2011
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PennyLane said:

 

Dang you Beatles! Why do you have to be so amazing all the time? 


It really should be illegal.

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

19 June 2011
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I first got into the Beatles on November 22, 2009 when I watched a documentary on them, and I knew a lot of their songs, but I just never knew it was them, and that night I stayed up until like four in the morning listening to their stuff on YouTube.(it was a school night too!) And then a few months later I got the remasters for my birthday!

After I took it, it opened my eyes. We only use one-tenth of our brain. Just think what we could all accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part. It would mean a whole new world. If the politicians would take LSD, there wouldn't be any more War or poverty or famine.

19 June 2011
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I was about nine (so, four years ago), and I heard "Imagine" and "Let It Be". The middle school at my school sang it. I fell in love.

I salute the lady who screamed "I love you Paul!" at a tribute band's concert.

19 June 2011
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Last year.

I can't remember how, but I do remember watching Help! every weekend, like I do now. a-hard-days-night-john-6 

This doesn't have to do with anything, but why do I keep getting 13?

Step on the gas and wipe that tear away.

19 June 2011
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You mean with the math captcha? a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

21 June 2011
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Feeling the Revolution 

 

Wow.

 

WHAT AN AWESOME AVATAR AND SIGNATURE!!! 

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One and one don't make two
One and one make one.

21 June 2011
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mithveaen said:

You mean with the math captcha? a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Yeah. 13 for math. But it's no big deal. 

Step on the gas and wipe that tear away.

24 June 2011
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My earliest memory of liking any Beatles songs was once when I was super young, I don't even remember how old I was, Hey Jude came on the radio and I would sing na,na when they all sang Hey Jude because I wasn't sure of the lyrics (it went something like this: Na, Na, Na, Nananana, Nananana, Na, Na).  Then, in 4th grade, my mom got Sirius XM radio in her car and put it on to a station that was playing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.  I fell in love with it, believe it or not.  Then, when I was in 5th grade and my little bro was in 3rd grade, he became interested in the Beatles for a reason I don't know.  I can remember him asking all my aunts if they knew the Beatles and what was their favorite song.  As I was going into 6th grade, I developed an interest in the Beatles as they came to iTunes.  The first Beatles song I ever bought on my iTouch was Ob-La Di, Ob-La-Da.  Then came Blackbird, Hey Jude, Drive My Car, Eleanor Rigby, and All My Loving.  The six songs that started it all.  Then came my brother's first Beatles album of his own, LOVE.  My aunt loaned him 1 too, and that became the soundtrack of 2010.  As soon as he burned both those albums to iTunes, I synced them to my iPod.  I was in love with While My Guitar Gently Weeps (LOVE Version) which probably fueled my future love for George.  Then, one day I was curious who sang Drive My Car.  I knew the people in the Beatles were John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but I didn't know who sang it.  I thought it was George (now I know better a-hard-days-night-george-10).  That was when I stumbled upon beatlesbible.com.  I learned all I could from BB about the Beatles and finally started getting into some more songs after playing a Movie Quiz online that asked what year did the film, A Hard Day's Night, starring the Beatles, come to theaters.  So, I looked up beatles films on youtube and stumbled upon Magical Mystery Tour the movie.  So I watched it and found Strawberry Fields.  This led to searches on different songs by the Beatles and watching both AHDN and Help! eventually.  By this time, my Beatles library had grown from the original six.  I didn't realize I had Beatlemania all along until my friends would say "Oh Jill" whenever I made a Beatles reference, wear Beatles themed shirts or hang pictures of them in my locker when John, Paul, or George's birth months rolled around.  Or when I kept a picture of the Abbey Road cover in my locker, brought Beatles books to school, showed my friends my 500+ beatles pictures folder on a flash drive in computer class, blow out all the money my parents gave me to spend at the mall getting Beatles albums, movies, posters, or a Sgt. Pepper blanket, that kind of obsessive-seeming stuff to people who don't know the Beatles.  And that was my long history on how my Beatlemania started a-hard-days-night-john-6

"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"

–John Lennon

24 June 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Now that was a long and winding road to Beatlemania!! (Bad pun I know)..

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

12 August 2011
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When I was five. I loved All Together Now and Yellow Submarine. But, after I discovered books when I was around eight, I just forgot the Beatles.

Just last year, we did some Beatles songs in choir, and I just love them all over again.

-LOVE is all you need heart

12 August 2011
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I first got into the Beatles when I was five, when I heard Yellow Submarine. Then, I sort of forgot about them, and just last year, we sang their songs in class, and I love them all over again.

-LOVE is all you need heart

11 December 2011
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Okay everyone, I thought I would post this in hope for some people to write back and say how/when/why The Beatles first became introduced into their lives, in my case it was December 25th 2009, nearly two years since I've been a fan. I posted when I first knew them on Tumblr so instead of writing it all out again, I thought I would be a 21st century teenager by copying and pasting in onto here. Incase you were wondering, here's my Tumblr URL http://imhappyjusttodancewithg.....umblr.com/

This is how it is on Tumblr.I wrote this back in early July. Hope some will read it and hope some will post back with their experiences, I really like to find out about how people got into The Beatles. Thanks for reading the awfully long post.

 

The Moment That Changed My Life

By reading the title, most of you will probably ignore what I’m about to say. I don’t care if you don’t read it, I just want to get this out. Here I sit at 5:53am telling a story that most people won’t even read. What if I say it’s Beatle related, then some people will take an interest. Yep, I bet your ears perked right up when I mentioned that famous 7 letter word. B-E-A-T-L-E-S. This story is about when I first got into The Beatles. A moment I’ll never forget. This is the moment that changed my life - for the better.

It was December 25th 2009. An excited14 year old was awake early to open her Christmas gifts. That 14 year old was me. I woke up and went downstairs with my twin sister and my mum and dad. Like every year, there were three piles of presents. One for me, one for my sister and there was always one pile in the middle. The pile in the middle always has the biggest gifts. Being one of a twin, we had to practically devote our livesto sharing. And that’s what the pile was. Every year this routine happened. We’d both open our own presents separately and then open the presents in the middle, together.

I can remember opening my presents and then opening the big presents. Usually there would be three or four big presents. Me and my sister attacked the presents, viciously ripping the wrapping paper off. It was The Beatles Rock Band. I was already into Rock Band, I have 4 Rock Band games and you could imagine my surprise when it was The Beatles. I don’t know why it was The Beatles? I have heard of them because my auntie and my Nanahave always liked them. As I began playing the game later on in the day, I noticed I ACTUALLY knew a few songs like ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. That was probably one of the very first Beatle-y things I owned, well shared.

Like every other Christmas, we would open our presents, play with them for about an hour, take a few pictures and have a cuppa. Then we’d go up my Nana’s house. She only lived about 5 houses away up the road, so getting away with wearing your PJ’s was pretty simple. The four of us, walking up the road in nothing more than PJ’s, dressing gowns and slip-ons. We were such a trendy family.

When up my Nana’s, she would take the odd picture whilst we all opened our presents. Yep, you’ve guessed it. More Beatle related items for me. I can remember opening a present and it was a book called ‘Images Of The Beatles’, I’ll talk more about that later. Second was a CD, ‘Live At The BBC’ and then finally I received a t-shirt. It was the four of them posing circa 1968, at thetime, of course, I did not have a brain full of Beatles info. I can remembersaying “Yeah! Now I can wear this t-shirt to Liverpool!” My mum and dad must have been psychic. They had booked our trip to Liverpool EVEN before I was obsessed with them. Now that’s got to be more than a coincidence.

A few days later I can remember my best friend phoning me and asking me what I had got for Christmas. I can remember telling her that my Nana got me some Beatles things and I can remember saying “My Nana thinks I’m obsessed with The Beatles”. But little did I know in less than two months I would be mad about them. It was like that moment when Aunt Mimi said to John “The guitar’s all very well, John, but you’ll never make a living at it”. It was a moment like that. A quote that I probably will never forget.

I can remember sitting on my bed with my new Beatle book looking through the pictures trying to guess who was who. The pictures were mostly in black and white so that didn’t really help the situation. I had a framed picture of Abbey Road on my wall, I don’t know why, I also had a framed picture of a New York skyline. I’ve still got them today, in the same position. I remember staring at my Abbey Road picture trying to guess which Beatle was which. Nowadays, I can easily identify which Beatle is which just by looking at their mouths, or even eyes. Over the upcoming months, I would by ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and then went on to buy other CD’s. I can remember going to London in February 2010. I had bought loads of Beatles merch, including my first poster. You do the math. December 2009 - February 2010. In less than two months I was hooked. I couldn’t stop singing their catchy tunes. Today I sit here now at 6:32am nearly finishing my story. I would have been quicker but my typing is very loud when I type fast, and being the amazing daughter I am, I didn’t want to wake up my mum and dad.

The purpose of this was to get it off my chest. I’d been thinking about it practically all night. I would also suggest you to write your moment that changed your life. Could be Beatles related or not. It’s about sharing experiences. Hopefully those of you who have had the courtesy to read this did actually enjoy it.It is now 6:41am and I have finished writing. This shows how much dedication I have towards The Beatles. Thank you all once again, and a big thank you to John, Paul, George and Ringo.???

See All Without Looking, Do All Without Doing 

11 December 2011
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a-hard-days-night-john-6 Ohh, it isn't too long at all, and was nice to read. I suppose most members have posted their "Beatles fandom" in the introduction topic, but I can't see no harm for making a topic just for that purpose. I suppose your family wanted you to "inherit" the Beatles, lucky you.

 

I think I have already posted mine somewherea-hard-days-night-ringo-7 But nevermind, I like thinking about it anyway. About 5 years ago, or so, I have my first beatles related memory. Of course it's more likely that I had heard of them before, heard some of their songs (like Yellow Submarine and Yesterday, which are popular around here), but it was a certain music lesson that caught my attention. Thinking back, that teacher must have been some sort of a fan, since the amount of Beatles exceeded the amount os Sibelius in our classes. So, she had given as all music books that had and asked us to open it on x page. And there was a picture of the four of them, and I remember thinking; "They were that popular but still look so ugly? Except for Paul. Their music really must have been something"a-hard-days-night-george-5 To my defence, I must say that the picture I saw must have been the most hideous group picture ever taken of them. So I suppose after that, we sang something, but I can't remember what. Let it be, perhaps?

 

So, as the classes went by, she began shoving us material of the Beatles. I remember seeing "Help!" or rather, hearing it, for I am the same as John: my eyesight is poor but I hate wearing classes a-hard-days-night-ringo-12So around that time the world was rather blurry. I didn't really like the movie (or the part we saw of it); especially the song Help. ( I still don't like it). After that, we sang some Beatles songs on her classes, Let it Be, Penny Lane and Yesterday, I think, but I wasn't too impressed. As a result of this "education" I managed to remember their names, however (although I occasionally forgot Ringo's, sorry)

 

When I was about 15 to 16 years old, I saw a document of Lennon, I think. Or something other that grasped my interest in him, and I noticed that my dad owned a "Lennon legends" cd, and of course, I listened to it. And loved it a-hard-days-night-john-6 I played it so often that the cd broke, or perhaps it was too old anyway. And I read a book of him, since my dad already had it in his shelf, and can you guess who wrote that book? Goldman. *headbang* Since I was a naive Little Child, and knew nothing about him, it wasn't easy for me to discern which parts were true and which weren't. Of course, now I know that it's hard to find ANY part in that book that is trutful a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 But as it was, I was deeply traumatized by it, especially the part concerning Stuart. "He killed his close, dear, best friend?? I can't believe it!"

 

For about two years I remained as a rather passive Lennon fan, watching some documents about him now and then, or live records of his concerts ( in one of them, George played and sang  "Here Comes The Sun", and I thought it was incredibly boring. When I heard a studio recording of the same song, I "naturally" thought it was Lennon, since "how would George be able to sing so well?") I figured I could get a pair of "Lennon eyeglasses", but I didn't, and remained as a blind bata-hard-days-night-ringo-12

 

But last autumn... I got Norman's Lennon book as a present. By that time, I had a better idea of his life that you would get from Goldman's book, so I wasn't ready to just "suck up" everything. But it turned out the book was brilliant, well, at least in my opinion (although I can see why some people wouldn't like it). But the most important aspect of the book was that it introduced me to Beatles's music again. I was shocked to hear some of their songs, "How can this be the same band that would play "Love Me Do?" and began to listen to them more closely. I was too endorsed in my Stuart fandom, however, (another effect of that book stuart-sutcliffe), to really "get into it", so during the following months I morphed into John's fan into Stuart's fan and finally, into Beatles's fan. And that's about it.

 

Sorry....a-hard-days-night-john-5

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My parents had a few beatles cassettes (love songs, pepper, 20 greatest hits) that would always be played on family holidays.  One night my brothers and me found their vinyl collection and would play either love songs or pepper. That developed into playing the other beatles lps (in total there were around 6 or 7) before or after school (i remember playing side 3 of love songs over and over again and writing out a punishment exercise very early in the morning so my parents didnt find out whilst listening to Pepper side 2 (skipping within you, without you)). And it grew from there into a passion.

Later on i was in the Barras (a famous Glasgow market that specialises in the counterfeight and police raids) and discovered the first 4 albums in stereo with bonus tracks and a host of unknown albums that made no sense. The wonderful magical frustrating world of bootlegs (frustrating because some sellers would sell crap fakes that suffered from cd rot) was unveiled. And it became a healthy obsession. And its been that way ever since.

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11 December 2011
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This is strange ... I was about to start this thread - probably based on something someone said on another thread.

I had just turned 10 when I was introduced to the Beatles; it was a jolting introduction.

I'd never paid attention to the radio. But what was there to listen to? The best selling song in the US the previous year had been "Dominique" by, yes, The Singing Nun (check it out: it really is a nun singing in her habit).

Like everyone else, every Sunday night I'd watch the Ed Sullivan Show with the family.

And then, suddenly, on Feb 9 1964, there they were.

I had my eyes transfixed on the screen during the entire show, and the next day went on a long queue to buy Meet the Beatles. I've bought this album many times over, but I still have my original copy - thoroughly worn through like an old pair of shoes.

For the next six years, every single, album, and movie release was a delicious experience.

It's hard to believe that by the time I turned 16, it was over.

Being used to a Beatle release every few months, I might have gone into withdrawal. But the sorrow of their breakup was tempered by my soon going off to college; there were promising acts on the horizon (Led Zeppelin, Elton John). I still had Jimi Hendrix (not for long), the Doors (not for long), Janice Joplin (not for long),....

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I can't remember when I became a Beatle fan... my sisters were so the Beatles have been part of my life since I was born.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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When i got the Sgt Pepper's remaster on 9-9-09.a-hard-days-night-john-6

I felt rad.

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