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the casbah

from the beatles posted in music by elvis_crabs

Opened on August 29, 1959 by Mona Best, mother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, the Casbah Coffee Club was located in the cellar of the Best's family home. It was a member's only club for her sons and her friends to meet up and listen to music.

The Quarrymen (John Lennon and Paul McCartney's band before the Beatles) went to the club to arrange a performance there. Mona Best agreed, but said she needed to finish painting the club. All of the Quarrymen grabbed some brushes and started painting, including spiders, dragons, rainbows and stars.

The paintings still exist, and the basement is a Grade II listed building with a blue plaque (by English Heritage) and is open to the public for tours. It also contains 1960’s musical equipment, amplifiers and original chairs.

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ringos childhood home

from the beatles, ringo starr posted in music by elvis_crabs

Ringo moved here with his mother as she remarried. He lived here from the age of three onward.

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kaiserkeller

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This club, owned by Bruno Koschmider, hired the Beatles to perform in 1960. They played for the first time on October 4, 1960, for seven hours.

The club owner owned a porn theater, the Bambi Kino, where the Beatles stayed in "small, dirty rooms" while in Hamburg.

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abbey road studios

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Located a short walk from the St. John's tube station, Abbey Road Studios is something of a landmark for Beatles fans.

The Beatles originally auditioned for George Martin here in 1961. They played 32 songs. They recorded songs such as "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do". Martin did not think Pete Best had the necessary skills as a drummer.

Between 1962 and 1970, nearly all of the Beatles music was recorded here, predominantly in Studio 2. The cover for their 1969 album Abbey Road was shot on the "zebra" crossing right outside these studios.

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the star-club

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The Star Club had a capacity for two thousand people, as well as cinema-style seating.

The Beatles played here from April 13, 1962 to May 31, 1962. It was at this time that they learned of (former bass player) Stu Sutcliffe's death.

They started another round of performances November 1, 1962 until their last performance on December 31, 1962. Ringo Starr had joined the band as the drummer by this point.

Portions of their final performance here at this location were recorded, and a remixed version was released in 1977 as "Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962."

The club closed on December 31, 1969, and the building was destroyed by a fire in 1987.

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