Deconstructing the Birth of the Beatles (2018)

Beatles expert Scott Freiman details the origins of the band that conquered the world, from their musical influences to the "real people" (Mona Best, Bruno Koschmider, Astrid Kirchherr, ... See full synopsis »

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Beatles expert Scott Freiman details the origins of the band that conquered the world, from their musical influences to the "real people" (Mona Best, Bruno Koschmider, Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voorman) who crossed their trail between 1957 and the summer of 1962.

Extremely rare audio and video clips include a brief sound recording of John Lennon's school band, The Quarrymen, performing at a church hall fete on July 6, 1957 -- the very day he met Paul McCartney. After Paul joined the Quarrymen, they recorded a record in a storefront -- Percy Phillips' Electrical Shop in Liverpool -- that consisted of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" backed with a McCartney original, "In Spite of All the Danger" (based on an Elvis cut, "Tryin' to Get to You") which is now worth in the neighborhood of 200,000 pounds.

Gigs in Mona Best's Casbah Club, Allan Williams's The Jacaranda, as well as the better-known Hamburg junkets and the Cavern Club (again, with video evidence of the band in performance), are ...

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In the early 1960s, Freiman said, Jimmy Page thought Tony Sheridan - for whom the early Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best served as a backing band in Hamburg and on his 1961 single, "My Bonnie"- was the best guitarist he had ever heard. See more »

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Astounding, at least for true Beatles fans
1 September 2018 | by dloft59See all my reviews

This 2018 video-lecture is the first in Freiman's "second season" of Deconstructing the Beatles talks, following the quartet devoted to each of their biggest mid-period albums, which rolled out in 2017.

As always, Freiman begins with a quiz, then moves briskly through the milieu and childhoods of the three boys who would become the core of the Quarrymen, John's secondary school band, in the summer of 1957. There's a brief, and understandably poor, but still astonishing tape clip of John and his band playing a church hall fete on July 6, 1957 - the day he would meet Paul.

Freiman provides plenty of other photos of people and locations, audio and video clips, and wonderful trivia. There are also audio clips of the music the boys grew up with, or were about to overtake, starting with Tommy Steele's "Rock with the Caveman" (1956). He reminds us how hard the band worked at its craft in Hamburg, playing six to eight hours a day, fueled by cigarettes and Preludin, an amphetamine.

Freiman closes with some great video footage of the Beatles live, playing "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club on Aug. 22, 1962. They're spiffed up -- Brian Epstein has gotten them out of leather and into white long-sleeved shirts, ties, and sweaters -- but Ringo's on drums (barely a week on board), their first recording sessions with George Martin at EMI/Parlophone are just weeks away, and you can see the magic they're about to spring on the world.

It's tough to rate a show like this, because hardcore fans of the band would automatically give it a 10, but folks with a more nodding acquaintance of the Sixties icons might rate it more like a 5 or 6.


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