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  1. BLJ says:

    Four very young and innocent looking boys at that time, they look like they were in their late teens.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    …the thing is, working on the Reeperbahn is more to do with responsibility than discipline…Innocence gets in the way. Now, on the other hand…if you are allergic to penicillin…it will require some strategizing. Which way to the clinic? (…wha’? AGAIN???)

  3. BLJ says:

    @ Kwai Chang I said innocent looking, did not say innocent :)

  4. Kwai Chang says:

    I agree with you…they do look innocent. It’s a shame that America was so square in 1964 that black leather didn’t have a chance. But, it’s more than that…there must be such something on The Reeperbahn that makes everywhere else seem boring and unhip. The Beatles could have been successful in their Hamburg presence…but America didn’t want that kind of honesty. The Kennedy assassination had left the country unreceptive to ‘awareness’. The Beatles in suits only prolonged this!

  5. Lee says:

    People like to romanticize the Reeperbahn as “hip” when, really, they’re just looking at it with nostalgia that is just as unrealistic as the Americans you say were so square. The Reeperbahn was filthy and seedy and a giant petri dish for STDs. People got raped and beaten there. The Beatles had their fun in Hamburg but, upon returning, realized they had outgrown it.

    And John grew up in a well-off middle class home. The other three grew up in working class homes but they were all cared for — not raised in some seedy surroundings (except maybe Ringo). So what would be “honest” about pretending that the Reeperbahn was their roots when it wasn’t.

    IMO, the boys looked FAR better in those great suits than in cliched leather. The mod suits represented the future (the swinging 60s!) ; the leather represented the past (elvis, etc) and the fabs were about moving forward.

  6. Kwai Chang says:

    I love your response…and you know how I love to chatter…
    I’m not blaming the Beatles for any of America’s problems…besides, America is full of Hamburgs…starting with Hollywood…there is nothing seedier! If you’re brave, go there after midnight! I once saw Jesus dragging a huge cross to the empty lot to the empty lot at Selma and Argyle…there were all kinds of freaks following him. Anyway, most of the U.S. never caught on to Beatle hipness…because, television is too powerful and it is only used to dumb-down the population…even Ed Sullivan. The Beatles were USED to steer this phenomenon in a hopeful direction 3 weeks in a row…and then, back to Lee Harvey Oswald lone gunman type of agenda…and the mentality has only gotten worse…
    The Beatles should have been given 60 minutes a week without a host. But, think about the ‘more popular than Jesus’ press conference and all those paid accomplices (reporters) that pretended to not ‘get-it’. America and all of it’s news media are manipulated and processed to the point of fairy-tale credibility. The Beatles would have most likely been able break this mold…if they had ever been given the chance.
    Would they have been brave enough? Doubtful…
    JFK was the last person to ever try and deliver honesty to the United States…
    it just isn’t allowed.
    Bring in the clean-cut innocence and the magic bullet…
    Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver will do the rest…
    What a bastard Oswald was…

  7. BLJ says:

    @Kwai Chang well said, I agree

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