Here they are… The Beatles!

On February 7th, 1964, The Beatles landed at JFK airport in NYC, beginning their conquest of the American cultural landscape. Yet, while their career as one of the most popular and inventive bands of all time was just starting, the foundation of all their future success was already in their past according to Malcolm Gladwell in his new book, Outliers. Gladwell maintains that it was the over 10,000 hours of live performance in seedy little clubs in Hamburg, Germany during 1960-1962  that made The Beatles what they would become.
Hmm.  Intriguing theory. Probably a little too simple for me, but interesting nonetheless.  What about Ringo? He didn’t join the group until after the Hamburg days and only played with them sporadically before then.
A good overview of the The Beatle days in Hamburg can be found in Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation, by Philip Norman.

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