The "Fab Four" Beatles lineup in 1964 Top: Lennon, McCartney Bottom: Harrison, Starr
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.
The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Gets a 50th Birthday Festival in Liverpool
NY Times Music, 2017-03-23 16:28:42
The choreographer Mark Morris, the visual artists Jeremy Deller and Judy Chicago and DJ Spooky are among the participants in “Sgt. Pepper at 50” in Liverpool, the Beatles’ hometown.
Liverpool to reimagine The Beatles' Sgt Pepper in eclectic arts festival
BBC Entertainment, 2017-03-22 11:02:21
An eclectic array of performers will reinterpret Beatles songs for Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary.
Sony Says Paul McCartney Lawsuit Over Beatles Songs Is Unripe
Billboard, 2017-03-13 23:02:05
Paul McCartney waited decades for his opportunity to reclaim rights to songs he authored as a member of The Beatles. Now, Sony/ATV Music Publishing...