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How Hamburg changed The Beatles forever

How Hamburg changed The Beatles forever

How Hamburg changed The Beatles forever
January 28
10:14 2023

The Fab Four may have been born in Liverpool, but they were made in Hamburg. While venues like The Cavern Club certainly played their part, The Beatles had a hard time finding reliable gigs elsewhere in the city. That’s what Germany offered: a chance for them to hone their stage and songcraft with a nightly residency. Here, we’ll be exploring how the group’s trips to Hamburg and their experiences in clubs like The Star and The Indra opened up a world of possibility, introducing the young members of the Silver Beatles – as they were then known – to the wonders of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.The Beatles arrived in Hamburg on the evening of August 17th, 1960, for the first of 48 consecutive nights at a small club called The Indra. They were leaving rubble at home for rubble abroad. Like Liverpool, Hamburg had been decimated during the bombing raids of the Second World War. Indeed, more bombs were dropped on Hamburg in a single weekend than on London during the entirety of the Blitz. The city that emerged in the years after the war was one of vice and criminality. In other words, the perfect place for young men longing to escape their hometown.

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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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