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The Beatles

            The Beatles started as a small boy, rock and roll band in high school. Brian Epstein discovered them in 1964. They stayed as a strong group until 1968, after that they started going down hill and the group finally broke up in 1970. This band stood out because their music was different from everyone else. It was clean and fun; the group had a lot of enthusiasm that influenced many teens. I interviewed Deborah Santos, who was affected by the break up of the Beatles. By 1965, the Beatles got so big they didn't know how to handle their fame. They started using all sorts of drugs as a way to calm themselves down. Several people warned them about doing these drugs, but they thought all those reasons weren't good enough to quit. Until they met a man named Maharishi. He led people into meditating and wanted the Beatles to join in. The band used meditating as a way to stay clean. In August 1967, Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager, died of a drug overdose. The Beatles used meditating to get through this bad time. Shortly after that the Beatles realized that Maharishi was just another human being and not someone with higher power. All of this meditating that they had done gave them a lot of bad publicity. By the end of 1967, the Beatles was still without a manager. This caused a lot of arguments. Paul McCartney wanted to use his new father in law, Lee Eastman, but the others wanted to use Allen Klein, a though American businessman. Then in 1968, the band created a label called "Apple". They wanted to use this label as a way to make it easier for new musicians and filmmakers to get into the business. John Lennon started becoming more and more influenced by his new wife, Yoko Ono. She wanted him to take more control over the label and Paul McCartney started feeling left out. This is what is believed that finally pushed Paul to make the announcement that he was leaving the band in 1970. Even though Paul was the first to make the announcement that he was leaving the group, he was actually the last one that wanted to.

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