The Beatles and The Rolling Stones: The Game Changers

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Whether you prefer “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles or “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones, there is no denying they are two of the most influential bands. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are two transformational bands that emerged in the early 1960’s from UK. There is much discussion regarding who has the most relevance today. Critics and industry analysts have agreed that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have both shaped and continue to shape up and coming musicians today. Many artists are inspired by the musical style, image, and chemistry of both bands.
Liverpool, England, is where everything literally started for The Beatles. All four Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, lived in Liverpool during their youth. John Lennon would end up being the founder of The Beatles, and would ask each of the others to join his band (Forster). In 1962 The Beatles would get their first taste of fame and their popularity would continue to grow and sky rocket up until their breakup in 1970. All of this would happen in just one decade, the 1960’s.
London, England would be the birthplace of The Rolling Stones. All original members of The Rolling Stones would be united by the London blues scene. Brian Jones would orchestrate the formation of The Rolling Stones in 1962. Ian Stewart would be the first to join Brian’s band, followed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. However, Ian Stewart would be dropped from the band and become their road manager (Nelson 21). Unlike The Beatles, The Rolling Stones never breakup and today, more than fifty years later, The Rolling Stones remain together.
The Beatles were largely influenced by the early American rock and roll of the 1950’s. Eve...

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...s. The then untraditional takes on music composition, style, and image, have been adopted by many modern musicians. Which band do you think has had the biggest impact?

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