Quotes By Others About The Beatles (page 2)

"You know, I was such a big Beatles fan, and when I'd buy a new album I'd invariably hate it the first time I heard it 'cause it was a mixture of absolute joy and absolute frustration. I couldn't grasp what they'd done, and I'd hate myself for that."
Andy Partridge of XTC

"We were driving through Colorado, we had the radio on, and eight of the Top 10 songs were Beatles songs...'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' all those early ones. They were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid... I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go."
Bob Dylan

“I like your advance guard. But don’t you think they need haircuts?”
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, to British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home about The Beatles

"They said hey look, The Beatles deserve to be number one, not Bobby Vinton. We're gonna cut your tires. Change that listing. They were dedicated at the time."
Bobby Vinton

"If you want to be negative about the whole thing you can say all guitar bands after the Beatles were just a waste of time because the Beatles were the best. I think it's far better to give new records a try."
Stephen Malkmus

"Even at all my mother's concerts, I had never seen people go crazy the way they did with the Beatles."
Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland

"I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody."
Robert Cray

"The Beatles were raw musically, but I think they really had something."
Brenda Lee

"There was always a lot of American music in England until, obviously when the Beatles came around, then there was a shift towards English music, but before then American music was the main thing."
John Deacon of Queen

"The Beatles are not merely awful...They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic."
William F Buckley, Jr

"You can't be greater than Elvis, change things as much as The Beatles, or be as original as Led Zeppelin. All you can do is rip them off."
Billy Corgan

"I just found out last week - my sister told me - that my father had some Beatles records. So I must have heard them quite a bit, but it never registered, really. Now I listen to them with new ears."
Sheryl Lee

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
Decca, in 1962 when rejecting The Beatles

"I like the Beatles. They're at the core of my musicality. And John Lennon's my spiritual father."
Esai Morales

“People hated him for leaving the Beatles or for falling in love with Yoko … they wanted him to be a Beatle and he fought that all his life.”
Don Scardino

"I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters."
Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones

"You're always frustrated, you don't have the chance to do a song on the album, like the Beatles did with Ringo and George, or like Led Zeppelin, where everybody was given a chance to contribute. There never is a chance with the Stones."
Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones

"Almost everything The Beatles did was great, and it's hard to improve on. They were our Bach. The way to get around it may be to keep it as simple as possible."
T-Bone Burnett

"All Beatles, all the time. They were the cornerstone."
Jeff Murphy of The Shoes

"From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles."
Pat Metheny

"I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did.'"
Kurt Vonnegut

"An entire generation now regards Nirvana as its version of the Beatles. They are of course hopelessly mistaken, but I would not recommend you tell them so."
Lewis Grossberger

“That’s my No. 1 biggest influence. If you’re a rock musician and you say you don’t like The Beatles, then you’re a jerk. You’re just trying to be cool, but you’re really not. You can’t deny The Beatles.”
Jana Peri

"The Beatles were the band that made me realize it was possible to make a living as a musician, … When I heard the Beatles, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do!’”
Billy Joel

"I declare that the Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen."
Timothy Leary

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