Black and White. No, they never released an album of that name. Nor a single. It was the world in which they started out. A world of direct contrasts and with a lot less colour. Monochrome TV, even if you were lucky enough to have it. A world of simple contrasts: East vs. West. North vs. South. Have's vs. Have not's.
And in Hamburg a beautiful lady appeared who would take some of the most captivating black and white pictures of the early Beatles: Astrid Kircherr. Serious young men. Leather. Half-hidden faces. We are indebted to her. A sample here.
And as the Beatles showed in October 1962 that they were more than a fad, a young president wrestled with what to do in the toughest decision of his life, in what would be later known as The Cuban Missile Crisis. Even in Liverpool, the world stopped and held its breath. And then breathed again.
Monochrome. Simpler. But not easier.
It's another reason we love The Beatles.