The Beatles’ Early Haters

by Rachel Baker on January 7, 2014

With the expiration of copyright laws, there’s been an impressive amount of re-releases of songs by and books out about the the Beatles.

The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” came out in America on December 26, 1963, almost exactly 50 years ago. That anniversary marks the expiration of some copyright laws in Europe, spurring a slew of new releases of previously unreleased Beatles material in an effort to prevent these songs from entering the public domain in 2014.

New discs have been accompanied by some impressively researched books, including the The Beatles BBC Archives 1962 – 1970, which looks to reclaim the forgotten history of the Beatles as interview subjects on England’s main radio station. The volume serves to remind us that the Beatles, enshrined by history as cute, beloved pop geniuses, were viewed by many as downright terrible—not only when they started, but throughout their illustrious career.

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