Alan Johnson

From Liverpool’s Cavern to the world stage: how the Beatles became a global phenomenon

Much more than simply pop stars, the group revived the British economy, healed America and brought hope to millions

The group as they appeared on their album With the Beatles, released on the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated

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