"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
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."
“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."
"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."
"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."
"The Beatles were raw musically, but I think they really
"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
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."
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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
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."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
“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
"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
"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
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