BELMAR, NJ — While the Beatles’ influence on music is timeless, that was not the case for the Beatles, the band. In just seven short years, the Fab Four reached the pinnacle of stardom during the 1960s, only to have crumbling artistic, business and personal relationships split up the group.

A retrospective look at “The Beatles – Success, Superstardom and Separation” will be presented on Thursday, January 16 at the Belmar Public Library by John Paul Groom, who grew up in Liverpool, England, at the same time as Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

During the free program, which begins at 6 p.m., Groom will discuss the rise of Beatlemania on both sides of the Atlantic, exploring their many albums, entry into film with the critically acclaimed “A Hard Day’s Night” and rapid growth as songwriters.

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But with this meteoric success came its pitfalls. “There’s the Maharishi interlude, the ‘Jesus’ controversy, the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, the disaster that was ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and the Beatles as naïve, inexperienced businessmen,” Groom said.

In the video below, Groom takes a further look into his presentation on the Beatles, including their eventual decision to cease performing:

Groom, who now lives in Scotch Plains, attended the same high school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as well as the same Sunday school as John Lennon. He went to the youth club where Lennon met McCartney. And he lived in the same village of Harrison and Lennon. And, of course, he is a Beatles fan.

The free program will be held at the library’s main building, located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or visit to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services, visit its website or Facebook page.


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