10,000 Hours to The Beatle’s Story

Hamburg played a significant role in the rise of The Beatles according to Malcolm Gladwell.

Success is intriguing. And there are few success stories as intriguing as The Beatles.

Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell, I will never think of the Beatles and their success the same way again.

Gladwell, in his wonderful book, Outliers: The Story of Success, argues that it takes 10,000 hours to be exceptional at what you do. He suggests that, if it wasn’t for the Hamburg music scene, the Beatles would never have been the band they became. Specifically, he says that by the time they returned to England “they sounded like no one else. It was the making of them”.

So as I wandered through The Beatles Story, the museum in Liverpool that chronicles the rise of the ultimate band that is now affecting it’s third generation of listeners, I looked at the band and its success differently. I saw those 10,000 hours as the museum chronicled the rise of the Beatles from the purchase of their first guitars and getting together in high school, to Hamburg, to their first gigs at the Cavern, to the way they took the US by storm on the Ed Sullivan show. It’s a fun tour.

Photography is allowed at The Beatles Story so I took some for you.

(For more about Liverpool and a video, go to My Magical Mystery Tour – it’s not what you think.)

As the curator of the show proposes: "Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles."

John Lennon and the Quarrymen photo

For John Lennon, it started with The Quarrymen which was a skiffle band. McCartney and Harrison joined the band in '57 and '58 respectively.

the Cavern Club photo

The museum likes to offer replicas (the sign of a commercial museum over a public one). This is a replica of the Cavern club where The Beatles became famous.

The rise of the Beatles in the late 60s.

A compilation of photos showing the rise of The Beatles in the late '60s.

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool photos

The latter part of the museum focuses on John Lennon - surely as iconic as Elvis at the beginning of the tour..


And finally, John Lennon's piano.

Next week a more somber museum in Liverpool: the International Slavery Museum.


  • Alan Moore

    Without Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and others of the 1950s we would all still be listening to the music of the 1940s.
    Without the music of YESTER YEAR the music of today would not exist.

  • http://jimsgotweb.com/ Jimsgotweb

    Great pictures! I recently went to Liverpool and had a great time visiting the Beatles sites. The “Beatles Story” was amazing and you can spend a lot of time there immersed in the history of the most influential band in the history of Rock. The Cavern Club was really a highlight for me and would recommend it to anyone who is a Beatles fan.

  • http://www.watchingforrocks.com/ Nina F

    The Beatles were the sound track of my youth, and I’d love to visit Liverpool and the museum.  Sadly I never saw them perform in person, though.  Probably wouldn’t have heard a thing!