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The Beatles' cry of freedom: 'Money,' 50 years later
The Beatles' cry of freedom: 'Money,' 50 years later

In early 1964 a friend called me up and asked if I wanted to hear the new Beatles album, "With the Beatles." It had come out in Britain a couple of months before, but no one I knew had heard it, or for that matter heard of it. My friend's father, an airplane pilot, had brought it back. It was just days after the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." At his house, a group of us looked at the four black-and-white faces on the cover — John, George and Paul on the top row, with Ringo, somehow smaller, alone below — the left side of each face shaded so that it only half emerged out of the black behind it. We listened straight through to...

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