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210 × 148 × 15 mm
208 pages
20 illustrations
01 Apr 2012

The Beatles in Hamburg Ian Inglis

‘The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!’ While the chant will be familiar to any Beatles fan, there was a time before the band took the world by storm, when they were little more than an inexperienced, though talented, semi-professional group of musicians in dire need of practice. Their agent Allen Williams sent them to Germany in August 1960 and through their experiences and difficulties in Hamburg, The Beatles not only became proficient musicians, but more importantly, began to build the reputation that would eventually make them the most popular band in the world.

The Beatles in Hamburg is the first detailed, objective analysis of the events and personalities that shaped The Beatles as performers, composers and musicians, and the role that Hamburg itself played in their remarkable story. Ian Inglis illuminates this obscure period in Beatles history, providing a revealing view of a crucial, formative period for the group.

Written by one of the world’s leading scholars of The Beatles and their music, the book will be of immense interest to fans of the group, as well as those interested in the history of popular music and the social history of the 1960s.

‘Mr. Inglis has made a solid contribution to what I suppose we by now ought to call Beatle’s Studies. As an account of the ideas and ideals that impelled the band through its most formative years, the book is unbeatable.’ — Wall Street Journal

‘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.’ — Wall Street Journal

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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.

Introduction: A Long Engagement

1. Hamburg before the Beatles, the Beatles before Hamburg
2. Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll
3. Lovers and Friends (I Still Can Recall)
4. Something Old ...
5. ... Something New
6. Other Voices, Other Rooms
7. The Sound of the City
8. The Beatles after Hamburg, Hamburg after the Beatles

Conclusion: A Long and Winding Road
Chronology 1940–70
Select Bibliography
Photo Acknowledgements