Lennon and the Gang in Hamburg

Before Beatlemania, before being more popular than Jesus, and long before Yoko, the band were playing a residency at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, and from most accounts, gobbled a good amount of speed to get through the insane schedule of shows. The Beatles’s introduction to “Prellies” (Preludin) started in Hamburg. As the group had to play for hours, Sheridan offered them Preludin, saying: “Here’s something to keep you awake.” Kirchherr too later supplied Sutcliffe and the other Beatles […]

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