Beatles Influence

explanatory Essay
2025 words
2025 words

Momo (Beatles Influence in the Soviet Union)
The Beatles was an English rock music band, which was formed in 1960 in Liverpool. Its members were: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. Its members were widely regarded as the most influential act of the era of rock. Rooted in beat, 1950s rock and roll, and skiffle, the Beatles later tried a number of musical genres such as pop ballads, Indian music, hard rock, and psychedelia, while innovatively incorporating classical elements. In the early sixties, their huge popularity emerged as “Beatlemania.” However, as Beatles’ music became more sophisticated, under the leadership of McCartney and Lennon, they were seen as an embodiment of ideals propagated by the counterculture …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the beatles was an english rock music band formed in 1960 in liverpool. they were regarded as the most influential act of the era of rock.
  • Analyzes how the beatles' music subverted the soviet union's political order by alienating a generation from its political system, sparking youth revolution and humanizing the west.
  • Explains that the beatles were popular in the soviet like in britain. the news of a gunman fatally wounded lennon in 1980 shocked most of his fans.
  • Explains that the soviet government was in a quest to bar any news of "noxious western trends" from the media.
  • Explains that paul mccartney prepared an official beatles' songs album specifically for his soviet fans called "back in the ussr" and issued five hundred thousand copies. the soviet press was not impressed by the gesture.
  • Explains that despite the hatred of the soviet union leaders on the beatles, rumor spread that the band had performed in a private government function.
  • Explains that paul mccartney visited russia in 2003 and met with vladimir putin, who explained the past animosity of the early soviet leaders and that they saw beatles' direction not befitting their accepted ideology.
  • Explains that the beatles sparked youth revolution. the stilyagi, the first youth counterculture movement in the soviet union, copied western fashion trends and listened to music.
  • Explains that the six world youth and students festival allowed western dance and jazz for the first time in the soviet union. the beatles sparked the desire for rock among soviet youth, making it popular.
  • Explains that soviet hippies were passive in the late sixties and early seventies, despite being similar in aesthetics to their western counterparts.
  • Explains that the tbilisi rock festival was important in that bands that were influential were not vocal instrument ensembles, but underground bands such as aquarium.
  • Explains that in the mid-eighties, rock and underground music were effectively outlawed due to concern for the negative influence of rock, and pressure from the composers’ union.
  • Explains how gorbachev's election and the inauguration of perestroika and glasnost allowed non-native bands to play their music at the international festival of youth and students.
  • Explains that after the chernobyl disaster, a concert was organized to help the victims. however, there was no reprimand, violence from the police, or confiscation of instruments.
  • Explains that resistance to rock music in the eastern bloc was fading away. the soviet union system was not in a position to adapt to resultant political upheaval.
  • Analyzes how the beatles revolutionized the soviet union's populace through music, education, and western music. they alienated a generation from their communist motherland.
  • Cites fürst, juliane, risch, william jay, and yurchak, alexei, in kritika: explorations in russian and eurasian history.

During his visit, McCartney met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin explained the past animosity of the early Soviet leaders, and that they saw Beatles’ direction not befitting their accepted ideology. Nowadays, in Russia, majority of those in power grew up listening to Beatles songs. A good example is Sergei Ivanov (chief of the presidential administration), who even attended McCartney’s concert at the Red Square. The Beatles played a critical role in inspiring students to learn English so that they could be able to understand the lyrics of their songs. This led to some students going abroad in the eighties, where they found out that there was limited barriers to communication, and that young people had a single language as their fundamental code. This was the beginning of nurturing an enlightened generation to liberate the Soviet Union from the Communist old guards (Fürst …show more content…

Although this gave hope that restrictions were being relaxed, in the late Fifties, countries in the Eastern Bloc started arresting rock and stilyagi fans. In the early Sixties, the Beatles sparked the desire for rock among Soviet youth, making it popular. Their influence on fashion was a major indicator of their popularity among the youth in the Soviet Union. Bitlovka (Collarless Beatles jackets) were made out of cast-offs and clumsy army boots became common in Beatle style. Apart from fashion, the Beatles aided in the expansion of music in the black market. Illegal music albums were made by duplicating copies on discarded X-ray emulsion plates. Music itself was assessed by either recording it from Western studio or smuggling copies from the West. Recording music from the West became rampant in the Sixties after president Johnson making international broadcasting a priority (Yurchak

Get Access