The Beatles were a Liverpool, England based rock and roll band consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard “Ringo” Starkey. They began as a small skiffle-band called the Quarrymen, and in the early 1960’s, their popularity soared to an unforeseen degree, transforming them into an international phenomenon and permanent rock icons. (BeatlesTributeBand.co.uk) A band that has been known, loved and praised for over half a century; The Beatles pushed and broke American cultural boundaries as they promoted peace and love through their masterful lyrics and powerful music throughout the time of the Vietnam War. Despite being of British Origin, the Beatles greatly affected the thinking, culture and actions of many Americans.
The Beatles were more than their music. They influenced the lives of millions of people unlike any musicians before them. They were the first and most popular band in one of the most important music movements in American history, the British Invasion. The year 1964 was the year both the British Invasion and “Beatlemania” came to America and forever changed the landscape of music in the United States by introducing the genre of pop, as it is today. The Beatles changed the rules of music. Many things that are considered normal now were pioneered by the Beatles such as: creating compilation albums, expressing their views on world happenings through the media, musicians in movies, and even mass media advertising. The beatles influenced American culture more than any other musical artist in history (Jacobs, 2004).
In the early 1960's a new rock band emerged that captivated the attention of millions of Americans. The Beatles transformed the views of fashion, drug culture, politics and attitudes for a lifetime of endless generations. They remain a prominent example of legendary leaders who a rough fifty years later still continue to influence and touch the hearts of millions. Distinguishing a world with newly found values, they created a cultural phenomena that has yet to die down. They were considered one of the most successful bands of the twentieth century, who played a prominent role in impacting the music industry as well as society during the 1960's.
awareness on the effects of war on citizens, The Beatles were and still are one of the greatest
Stark, Steven. Meet The Beatles: A Cultural History of the band that shook youth, gender, and the world. New York: Harper Collins, 2005. Print.
The story of the most legendary group in the history of popular music began in 1960, in Liverpool, England. The Beatles, were an English rock band, whose most well-known lineup, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, is considered by many as the most innovative, emulated, and successful music group of the twentieth century. John Lennon was largely responsible for the development of the band, since he, together with Paul McCartney, wrote most of the music for the Beatles. Lennon is largely responsible for the Beatles being considered the first rock performers who were truly considered groundbreaking artists in their own time, and years after the band broke up, with his lyrics, “Beatlemania”, and the controversy that he caused the band.
The Beatles were the biggest influential band in History. No other band has influenced the music culture the way that the beatles has. From being young musicians, they have achieved more than “five slots on the Billboard Singles charts” which sold more than a billion records. By 2000’s more than 35 countries, had a compilation of the Beatles Number One hit songs on their best-selling albums. Achieving many achievements, the Beatles continue to change the face of all music.
The Beatles were the most influential popular music group of the rock era. They affected the post-war baby boom generation of Britain, the United States and many other countries during the 1960s. Certainly they are the most popular group in rock history, with global sales exceeding 1.1 billion records. While they were originally famous for merseybeat, or what some labelled light-weight pop music which provoked complete hysteria in young women. Their later works achieved a combination of popular and critical attention. They were more than recording artists, influencing fashion and culture and branching out into film and sometimes political activism. They achieved an iconic status with far reaching effects. The classic Beatles lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr Liverpool, England. Beatlemania began in Britain on October 13, 1963 with a televised appearance at the London Palladium, and then exploded in the United States following the appearances of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
The Beatles are known, respectively, as the fathers of modern pop music. After their first #1 hit “Please Please Me” was released in 1963 the Beatles were set in motion to become one of the most influential groups of musicians to ever rock our world. With over forty-nine records, 37 #1’s, and thirty- four number one albums (the highest amount of any band in history), there is no denying that they made a monumental ripple in the musical world. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr surprisingly all come from humble beginnings in a town that, until their superstardom, was barely noticed on the map. Liverpool, being kn...
The sixties and seventies were a time of war, peace and revolution, with “hippies” leading anti-war movements, and protests happening across the nation due to the administration of Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. John Lennon originally a member of The Beatles, became a star in the anti-war subculture, and a hero to many, not only for his musicianship and the Beatle-mania that was spread across the country but for being a voice of the people. The Beatles were at the time, the voices of their generation and eventually became a product of their generation, with their songs highlighting the issues of the time. Even with the disbanding of The Beatles in 1969, Lennon continued to be a force in the culture, with his wife Yoko Ono and himself taking a prominent role in the media and movement against the war.