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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861899157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861899156
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Inglis is at his best when summarizing the environmental forces and personal relationships that fostered the intense level of artistic growth the group achieved during their time in that city. In his chapter on the Beatles' musical influences, he adeptly summarizes, in a short space, the unusual variety of musical currents that entered into their repertoire, including rhythm and blues, rockabilly, doo-wop, and Brill Building pop.' - The Weekly Standard

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Ian Inglis is Visiting Fellow in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne.


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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2012
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This is not the usual sensationalist book about the bands time in Hamburg, but a more serious, scholarly approach about what the city meant to them and how it influenced them musically and as performers. It is part of the Reverb series, looking at the connections between music, artists and performers, musical cultures and places. Another book in the series is Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock'n'roll (Reverb). Although the Beatles time in Hamburg has been represented often, especially in film (Backbeat, Birth of the Beatles) most are less concerned with music than myth. Yet, in Hamburg, the band spent an estimated 800 hours on stage over 273 nights - playing at the Indra, the Kaiserkeller, the Top Ten and the Star Club, with their first trip in 1960.

This book examines both Hamburg and the band at the times they visited, including their first visit in which they started as a band that had played infrequently around Liverpool to audiences of teenagers and friends, to a band exhorted to "Mach Shau!" to an audience consisting of gangsters, prostitutes, pimps and off shore sailors. It was on stage here that they learnt stagecraft, where they first properly met Ringo Starr (although they had come across each other, they first shared a stage in Hamburg when Rory Storm and the Hurricanes played with them at the Kaiserkeller) and where they spent a lot of time simply getting to know each other away from home. Although the first trip ended in deportation for McCartney, Harrison and Best, it was when they played again in Liverpool that the difference was plain to see.
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I found it to be well written with some information I hadn't previously been aware of. Further info about Hamburg was also very interesting. Bought the book as I was visiting Hamburg.
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