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Among the topics, The Beatles discuss in this episode are: their childhoods, their early musical influences, how they met, their time in Hamburg, and their early recordings.

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The Background Of The Beatles And Their Early Years
6 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first episode of The Beatles Anthology covers the period of July 1940 up to March 1963 - the birth of Richard Starkey,better known as Ringo who apparently is the oldest member of the Beatles up to the period when the Beatles gained prominence as a band in 1963.

It started with the background families of John Lennon,Paul McCartney,George Harrison and Ringo Starr.We learn that they all came from middle class families from Liverpool.Then we take a look at their childhood years and how music played an important part of their lives as well as who rock n' roll musical influences such as Fats Domino,Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly And The Crickets.As the first episode progresses,we get to learn how John and Paul met and became friends to form a band and the inclusion of George Harrison in the group a year after.Added to that,we also get to learn more about the early members of the band known then as The Quarrymen such as drummer Pete Best and bassist Stuart Sutcliffe as well as their early history as a band performing at clubs in Hamburg during the late 50's.Finally,the inclusion of Ringo narrated,how they changed their name into Beatles and how they gained prominence as a band in the early 60's.

The first episode provided a lot of information about the members of the Beatles that a fan would surely appreciate.They get to learn about their background, their musical influences, their early history and the other early members of the band such as Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. Paul,George and Ringo as well as the archived tapes of the John definitely provided new information certainly not known before.That is why everyone who wants to learn more about the greatest band in rock n' roll history will surely not be disappointed with this documentary as shown by the very first of the eight episode.


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