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Ian Anderson: "Hamburg Was The Beatles' Punk Period."

The Jethro Tull frontman on why the pre-fame Beatles were darker, druggier and way more dangerous than they ever became.

Like most people my age outside of Liverpool, I had no real inkling of The Beatles until Love Me Do, by which time they had, to some degree, been sanitised by their traditionally showbiz-minded manager, Brian Epstein. No doubt he thought it necessary, to help the band get gigs, to get a record deal, and those first few hits were what you might call pretty songs. From Me To You, I Want To Hold Your Hand; it was all very innocent.


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