Malcolm Muggeridge was an important essayist and TV personality from the 1950s until his death in 1990. He also kept a diary, in which he recorded an interesting encounter with the early Beatles who were then staying in Germany.
“Dropped into a teenage rock-and-roll joint. The band were English, from Liverpool, and recognised me. Long haired; weird feminine faces; bashing their instruments, and emitting nerveless sounds into microphones. In conversation rather touching in a way, their faces like Renaissance carvings of saints or Blessed Virgins. One of them asked me: ‘Is it true that you’re a Communist?’ No, I said; just in opposition. He nodded understandingly; in opposition himself in a way. ‘You make money out of it?’ he went on. I admitted that this was so. He, too, made money. He hoped to take back £200 to Liverpool.”7th June, 1961 (Hamburg)