I was a huge fan of The Beatles and still like them to some degree.
And I don't look anything like those guys in the pic that Yod posted!
The Beatles were what drove me to learn to play guitar and compose my own music.
So, they were an undeniable influence on me.
I also liked The Rolling Stones. However, to be blunt and honest with you guys...they were crap musicians!
But, that is what made them so good!
I have to completely disagree with Scherp on the musical ability of The Beatles, though. The weakest musician among them was Ringo Starr and he wasn't a terrible drummer (just not as good as some--including Charlie Watts). The rest of them were quite proficient.
They were highly innovative and unique, too.
And it is arguable, but I doubt The Stones would have made it if The Beatles hadn't come along first. By that, I mean The Stones wouldn't have reached their level of international fame if The Beatles hadn't been so popular. After all, The Stones were successfully marketed as the anti-Beatles.
However, I can understand why and how some people just don't "get" The Beatles or are not fans.
It is similar to the way I feel about John Ford in the cinematic realm.
I feel Ford is important to the history of cinema and that he developed many things that a lot of my favorite directors reworked, expounded, and expanded upon. But, I am not a fan of his work, per se.
I can totally see how someone else might feel the same way about The Beatles and their importance to the realm of Rock and Roll.
However, that all said...
For the past few years I have noticed myself not listening to much Rock of any kind, anymore.
It just doesn't appeal to me, anymore.
Occasionally, I get wistful and nostalgic and I drag out some of the stuff I was into when I was in High School and just out (The Jam, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, and such).
But, on an average day...I just don't care about Rock 'n' Roll like I used to.