The 1960s Of The 1960 ' S

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The 1960’s were a time of great turmoil and change; people had many different ways to express themselves. Some did this through drugs, others through assassination, while some chose music. While there were many American musicians who were influential during the 1960s such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Eagles, arguably none were as influential as The Beatles. Consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, helped change the face of popular culture of the 1960’s through their music, image, and influence on the counterculture of the time. The Beatles originally started off as The Quarrymen in 1957, headed by John Lennon and consisting of other musicians. That same year Paul McCartney was invited to join the group by John Lennon, and eventually joined by George Harrison. In 1958 the groups name was changed to Johnny and the Moondogs (rolling stone article). Two years in 1960 later another member was added and the group was now named The Beatles. During this time The Beatles (with Pete Best playing drums), were playing mostly cover songs of popular artists in Hamburg, until the group came back to England to where they would play at the famous Cavern Club, where their local popularity would take off. On November 9, 1961 The Beatles were playing at the Cavern Club when Brian Epstein who shortly after would become their manager discovered them. Epstein helped turn The Beatles from the amateur group they were into the suit wearing, mop top

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