THE SHOCK OF THE NEW…LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: 1961 (Great Quotations)

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“The Silver Beatles left Liverpool on August 16.

“They returned as the Beatles, and on December 27 killed the crowd at Liverpool’s Litherland Town Hall–the Beatle date generally held as witnessing the first flash of real riot: Beatlemania, ground zero. ‘Their music was raw,’ Allan Williams writes, ‘almost savage, compulsive, and it knocked the Merseyside kids sideways….The bouncers on duty on the door thought a riot had broken out and went rushing in to stop the trouble.'”

(Source: Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and Memory, Devin McKinney, 2003)

[NOTE: I’m still trying to get my mind around McKinney’s book which is one of the most deeply mixed bags I’ve ever encountered. I may end up taking it on in bits and pieces rather than attempting a whole review….I’ll keep plugging away.)]