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Beatle People Interviews #2: Sarah Stacey

The second installment of Beatle People Interviews features Sarah Stacey, a 22-year old musician and host of the Magical Mystery Hour podcast. AWLT talks with Sarah about her podcast, guitar playing, and her experience as a second-generation fan.

It’s amazing to see people of all ages, and from all parts of the world, gathered in one place for the same reason. [The Beatles] really do bring people together.  —Sarah Stacey

AWLT: How and when did you become a Beatles fan?

SS: It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact time, because I can’t remember ever not being a Beatles fan! They were just always there and I don’t remember not being aware of them. When I was little, my dad had the Red and Blue albums on cassette (remember those things?!) and they were always being played around the house and in the car. I used to demand The Beatles on every car journey, and I have this clear memory of singing along to “Yesterday” when I was about two or three. I also remember being fascinated by the photos on the covers of those cassettes, the famous image of the band looking down from the EMI stairwell and then the one they recreated a few years later. The change in their image really fascinated me, I couldn’t believe it was the same band! So that was where it all started, and my obsession just became worse over the years.

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Beatle People Interviews #1: Dominic Williams

The first installment of Beatle People Interviews features Dominic Williams, a 27-year old musician and writer originally from the UK and now living in Austin, TX.  Inspired by the Beatles since before birth (!!), Dominic has an extensive catalog of Beatles covers and original music on his Soundcloud page. He also runs the site Beatles Through The Years (which currently features a fantastic photo diary of Paul McCartney’s recent Dallas concert).

[The Beatles] are just a force for the good, you know? They just had a positive message in their music and that resonates with us.  —Dominic Williams

AWLT: How and when did you become a Beatles fan?

DW: According to my dad, It was when I was still a few months away from being born. My parents went on holiday to Portugal and they stayed in this self-catering place that was below a ‘Geordie Bar’ (basically that was a bar run by British Ex-Pats from Newcastle, a city in the north east of England and the natives are referred to as ‘Geordies’ in the UK). This bar played Beatles music day and night according to my father and it drove my parents mad. But I must have been loving it! Fast forward to when I was 8 and I saw them on TV on a Royal Variety Performance retrospective and from then on I was hooked and badgered my parents about them. I thought they were a new band!

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Songs the Beatles gave away to Women

The hugely popular ITV miniseries Cilla told the story of one of the most successful and long-lived performers to come out of the British Invasion. It also shed light on an important aspect of the movement: female artists were few and far between.

This signaled a change in the dynamic of popular music, as the hits of the late ’50s and early ’60s routinely featured girl groups such as The Supremes the Ronettes, as well as solo artists like Patsy Cline, who spanned jazz, country, and pop.

But with the British Invasion (and the subsequent American music explosion) of the 60’s, female artists started to fade from the scene. While women and girls clearly had an enormous role in these groups’ successes, it was primarily in the of role rabid fans and record buyers, not artists. It was likely that the British culture simply didn’t encourage female performance; that being in a band was not considered seemly, and that girls’ priorities were to prepare for marriage and motherhood.

But there were a few women who infiltrated the scene, and one especially—Cilla Black—became an international celebrity. But Cilla,  being a woman, did not have the ability to make herself known as easily as her male counterparts. She did not play an instrument, did not have her own band, and only became known by singing as a guest of established Merseyside acts like The Beatles, the Big Three, and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Without that help from her male friends, she would never come to Brian Epstein’s attention, no matter how talented she was. But her determination to be out front with a band made her exception, and she recorded her first single almost as soon as Brian signed her.
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