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Don't let the Beatles bother you. If you don't think about them, they will go away, and in a few more years they will probably be bald…. 

Boston Globe

Visually they are a nightmare (…) Musically they are a near disaster. 


They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music.

Boston Globe

Entertainers would have to wrestle with live octopuses in order to entertain a mass American audience. The Beatles don't in fact do this, but how one wishes they did!

Boston Globe

Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well.

Los Angeles Times

The LA Times collated some of The Beatles' best worst reviews from the year Beatlemania reached the United States:

"Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed."

We've extracted a few of our favourite (and most-damning) lines, here, but you can read the reviews in full via the original article.


In 2013, workers at Bidston train station in England uncovered a 1962 poster for a show headlined by Little Richard, supported by The Beatles. During renovations at the station, workers were surprised when they came across a little piece of history, along with the cladding they removed. 

The poster is for a show that was at New Brighton Tower Ballroom - a venue The Beatles played at 27 times before it was destroyed by a fire in 1969. 

Tony Booth, who designed the poster, said, "“I was working for Brian Epstein before he signed up the Beatles – I used to do things for his shops and things like that. When he started signing up groups I started doing the gig posters." (- From The Liverpool Echo)

The poster is now part of an exhibition at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.  You can read more about it (and how it was designed), here.

Albert Maysles


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"Albert Maysles was a beautiful human being. The many times I hung out with him it was always a pleasure. He was a pioneer of his time, even for a short man. He will be missed. God bless him. Peace & Love, Ringo” 

Albert Maysles, legendary documentary filmmaker, has died. Albert chronicled the Beatles first visit to the USA in 1964 in the unique candid style that he had pioneered with his brother. It was to become the inspiration for their film “A Hard Days Night”.



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