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The Beatles

The Beatles

Date: Oct 12 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Direct vs. Reported Speech


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You hardly ever hear anyone say they don’t like The Beatles. If they do, they’re probably just trying to get attention or be difficult.

In the U.S., the Beatles have sold more records than any other artist. According to Rolling Stone magazine, they are the greatest band of all time. Girls still get crushes on them, and guys who want to look cute still try to copy their famous mop-tops. Their music helped define a generation, and it’s still influential today.

OK, so we all love the Beatles. But do we really need to own another Beatles album? Find out if Marni and Devan will be rushing out to buy the new Beatles boxed set.


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Devan:  My friend that works at a record store told me that the day that they released all 12 of the Beatles albums, the digitally remastered ones, she said that people were lined up around the block waiting to get them.

Marni:  Really? Wow!

Devan:  It’s amazing to me that there is still such a huge following and love for the Beatles after all these years.

Marni:  Yeah. I mean they clearly are just pioneers that have staying power.

Devan:  Yeah. And they just had that Rock Band thing come out too.

Marni:  Exactly.

Devan:  I feel like Rock Band is targeted towards a younger generation, so do you feel like even the younger generations will still be listening to the Beatles?

Marni:  Well, I think it’s interesting that they did that, because it seems like a way to reach younger fans, you know, an audience that may not have been exposed to their music. Now they can access it through Rock Band. So I think it’s sort of a way to bridge generations in a way, I think it’s kinda interesting. But you know, I think the box set sounds fabulous, and remastering those old songs…they sure sound great.

Devan:  Yeah, too bad it costs 200 bucks though.

Marni:  It’s expensive.


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All 12 of the Beatles’ studio albums were recently released as a boxed set. The albums were digitally remastered to improve their sound quality. There’s also a new Rock Band video game that allows you to play along with Beatles songs.

Devan and Marni are impressed by how much staying power the Beatles have. They’ve been around since the 1960s and sold millions and millions of records. Even younger people know and like them.

Why do you think the Beatles have so much staying power? Do you think any bands of today will still be popular in 50 years?



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Russian Federation

Digital remastering is the best way to ruin original sound…

09:21 AM Apr 29 2014 |


Russian Federation

they are the best! I’d really love to live in their time.

I like modern music but I’ll never love it like the Beatles’ music.

I think Lady Gaga will be famous becouse of her madness and energy )) or may be Adele 

03:46 PM May 14 2012 |

BBoy Roty

BBoy Roty


The Beatles Is the best Band of all the times

08:48 PM Dec 11 2011 |




i love beatles.Perfect band

11:44 AM Jun 08 2010 |




i love them!!!!! 

01:05 AM Jan 19 2010 |




mmm….its the Perfect band… all of them are legend… wopy, who cant listen the beatles??

And my favorite one is George, he had a big soul and a bigger spirit

12:24 AM Dec 17 2009 |



yes,the beatles is very popular,many people listen to their songs .they indeed influnce a generation.


11:48 AM Nov 23 2009 |




my favorite beatles songs are yesterday, girl and i wanna hold your hand…

the beatles is a legend…......sure…..

03:06 PM Oct 18 2009 |

Shinichi Lover


umm, actually I don't have any idea about them, becuase I don't listen to them ,but I read the lesson and I think they still have power, and for the other bands I think if they work hard they will reach what beatles reach also!

10:15 AM Oct 17 2009 |




The most legendary band of all.. Love them!

04:35 AM Oct 17 2009 |




If  The Beatles are till today on the top it means they are the best! I really like their songs…They really marked a generation ;)

12:46 AM Oct 16 2009 |



I'm making a report about slang in songs of Beatles. Can you help me with this kind of information? 

06:52 PM Oct 15 2009 |


Viet Nam

It is so interesting that an idea about a master program teaching about Beatles came out. Obviously, Beatles' influence has been very deep in Britain and it keeps on being.


03:51 PM Oct 14 2009 |



Yes, certainly! Last Sunday night, in a night club, much to my surprise I saw many youngsters singing songs that I used to sing when I was just a teenager (now I am nearly fortyLaughing)... 

02:52 PM Oct 14 2009 |



actually im not a  fan of beatles because i havent listened enough them yet.. after work whem i m at home i ll check from youtube …

02:32 PM Oct 14 2009 |



The Beatles are a unique band that got the worldwide attention and they still so mainstream because their songs and i like it, they are pioneers of a generation and brought a new kind of rock which are being used nowadays.



01:01 AM Oct 14 2009 |

Andy Hsu

Andy Hsu


ya i think there are great and it's an amazing band. though i am too young to completely know them, history will tell me a lot about them ha

06:17 AM Oct 13 2009 |




a friend of me loves them , she get insane when listen their music and also i thnik she has all their cd's.. i think the will stay in power all the life bcs their music made the revolution from all the music in the world. but i cant not imagine how much benjamis they got ??? Surprised


05:30 AM Oct 13 2009 |



i realy love thir songs they are so thinkable

03:34 AM Oct 13 2009 |



Well, I am not a big fan of them, but they did affct me on some point, and they are great, becasue they made the history in the musical world that most british celebrities can't in the US. They're a miracle, they made a lot of great pieces of music and bunch of great works. I wouldn't say I love them but they do inspire me sometimes with their music giving me the hope and spirit to move on whenever I get stuck or face with difficuties! You guys rock!

03:14 AM Oct 13 2009 |

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