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  • noun a rock group from Liverpool who between 1962 and 1970 produced a variety of hit songs and albums (most of them written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon)


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  • Those dern giternes!

    November 3, 2008

  • "In 1554 the Merchants Adventurers Company in Newcastle, England, swore out a complaint against its own apprentices for their 'lewd liberty,' which included 'dicing, carding and mumming, what tippling, dancing, and brazing of harlots ... what use of guitars at night—what wearing of beards.' When police broke up the Beatles' rooftop concert in January 1969, the Fab Four might have saluted John Swetenham, William Garlthorp, and John Pycard. In 1381 these three men became the first British sic--he means English musicians sent to jail for making a disturbance with 'giternes.'"

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 112

    November 3, 2008