What's left of the Beatles in Liverpool ?
Report in Liverpool, on the trail of the Beatles. The club where the Fab Four launched themselves has become a parking lot, but their spirit lives on in the streets and through their music.
Formed in Liverpool, at the beginning of the 1960s, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the Beatles were simply the most famous and influential rock group in the history of 20th century popular music.
From their first records released in 1963 (Please Pease Me and With the Beatles), the Beatles were swept by a truly crazy infatuation that thrust them to the top of the British, and soon American, hit parades. The Lennon-McCartney duo accumulated pop hits, which were both light and melancholic and featured extremely catchy melodies (A Hard Day's Night, Help, Yesterday), and in 1964, "Beatlemania" reached its summit. With 1965's Rubber Soul and the following year's Revolver, the Beatles started a genuine aesthetic revolution that changed the face of rock music: the songs were increasingly sophisticated; the lyrics were deeper and more personal; the arrangements were more elaborate and mixed, even back then, all genres (folk, pop, rock, classical...) and all sorts of instruments (sitar, harpsichord, other string instruments).
Having decided to no longer dedicate themselves entirely to studio work, the Beatles then recorded their biggest masterpieces: 1967's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and 1968's legendary white album - seminal works that were the seeds of the forthcoming history of rock music. However, inner tensions in the band started to rise. The Beatles released their final album, Abbey Road, in 1970, and split up soon after.