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The Beatles show George Harrison called “painful”

The Beatles show George Harrison called “painful”

The Beatles show George Harrison called “painful”
October 09
09:13 2021

The 1960s were a difficult time for live music. There were no shortage of killer bands, but as the calibre of musicianship increased throughout the decade, so too did the volumes and length of time onstage for many of the world’s most popular bands. Whereas most artists were commonly expected to play half an hour sets (at most) on package tours throughout the early part of the ’60s, experimental tendencies, plus a major boost in the viability of rock and roll shows, pushed live performance to its limits at the latter half of the decade.

Concert amplifications was, unfortunately, woefully unprepared for this sort of meteoric rise. Find any band that played above a whisper and for longer than three songs, including The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Who, Cream, or the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and you’ll find countless tales of underpowered PAs, intense amounts of feedback, and terrible sounding monitors that made the actual shows difficult to sit through. As major festivals began to become popular, PAs and amplification was required to make a major leap forward to accommodate the harder and louder sounds of the day.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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