Music today would be totally different without the Beatles. They changed the face of modern pop culture, I'm convinced.
Mav, when you say you have all the records on vinyl, are you talking about the British LPs or the American ones or both? I have a bunch of them on vinyl, but not a complete collection. It's a mix of the pre-Sgt. Pepper's American albums and only the White Album for post-Pepper vinyl. I've got all the 'canonical' albums on CD, naturally. That is, the ones that were remastered in the 80s. I've read more books on the Beatles than on any other topic, perhaps. Sadly, my interest is not very well nourished these days... too many things competing for attention! (Work, school, woman, family, etc.)