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Mental effects of early fame?
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17 February 2013 - 4.05am

Had a thought recently. The idea came when I read someone here referring to the Beatles as 'the boys'. Well they certainly weren't boys, even at the peak of their fame but I do get it--it's a sticky, catchy and endearing phrase that probably has roots as far back as the British press of the early 60s. However they were very young men! They were young and their lives were turned upside-down with a perceived persona of 'the boys' forced down their throats at every public moment for what, two or three years? At least '63 and '64... probably '62, '65, and '66... all the way up until they ended touring. So anywhere from 2 to 5 years. If it were a prison sentence one might consider suicide! Interviews and retrospective accounts indicate the pressure was massive... can any of us really even come close to relating? Anyway that led me to wonder this: What did all that pressure, that constant wearing of the "John, Paul, George and Ringo--the boys!" collective mask do to their personalities... even permanently?

I'm certainly not a psychologist and my guess is most of us here aren't, so no absolute 'diagnoses' can be made, but it's still an interesting question. It seems to me John carried that imp-ish, jovial moptop persona the rest of his life... George had an aura of naivete to him... Paul, well, Paul has always been the most stable as far as I can tell so I can't say much here... Ringo, pretty much the same (and he was older) and yet there seems to be a lot of child in his public personality as well. What do you think?

And in the end.. the lungs you slake are equal to some arctic waste.

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