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The Beatles

In Liverpool, 1957, John Lennon formed a band, the Quarrymen, and soon recruited guitarist Paul McCartney. George Harrison joined the Quarrymen in March 1958. They settled on the Beatles name in 1960 and the rest is history. During the ten years before the breakup in 1970, they became the world’s most popular and most copied pop/rock band in the history of music.

John stated that Elvis Presley was his main inspiration; but Presley later became an enemy who disapproved of Lennon’s anti-war activism and asked US President Richard Nixon to ban the group from entering the United States. Initial adulation and success turned into problems within the group and hostility toward the Beatles that grew, for example, in the reactionary US.

Paul McCartney, born June 1942, kept the Beatles music alive. I was delighted to see a movie of his 2003 concert in Moscow, Russia. An audience of 100,000, including Vladimir Putin, enjoyed the concert. The Russian audience was as enthusiastic, if not as ecstatic as US audiences during his US tour in 2005. The US tour film is available on DVD as the The Space Within US, 2005. Paul's' ability to unite an audience in a celebration of life, has been described as "divine intervention." The concert in Russia is available on DVD - Paul McCartney In Red Square.

Beatle songs arranged and performed by Stephen Gislason

A little help from my friends

Sergeant Pepper
Penny Lane
When I'm 64
And I love her
Here Comes the Sun

Sargeant Pepper


A Little Help From My Friends