How Did The Beatles Influence The Popular Culture

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Armando Onorati
Scott Barkan
History of Popular Music
November 27, 2017

The World and it’s influences on the Beatles

When one thinks of The Beatles, some concepts that usually come to mind are the hippies, psychedelic drugs such as marijuana, and their timeless classics such as Blackbird, Yesterday, and Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. While these associations are founded in truth, the Beatles are also closely connected with the politics of that time. Their song lyrics advocate for peace and harmony in a world that was at war. The way they dressed, and the length of their hair showed a disdain for the social norms of the time. Their greatest influences were famous for straying away from the normal to find art in the
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This was caused by a greater divide in ideas and values between the older and younger generation and helped them challenge their conservative predecessors. This counterculture capitalized on free-spirited ways of life and was rooted in drugs such as marijuana and LSD. The counterculture challenged the older generation on topics regarding affirmative action, religion, abortion, homosexuality, and the meaning of work and success. The Beatles marketed themselves as the outsiders; their music was a catalyst for the feelings and values of the counterculture and their outspokenness on the greater issues of the time made them relatable to the younger…show more content…
They should also be admired for their constant political activism and their influence on technology, politics, and pop culture. It takes a lot of courage to not only continually be judged by the public for your music, but to also express your opinion on controversial topics in order to make a change. Many people struggle to do this in their everyday life, but The Beatles stayed true to their values, even while in the public eye. They were pioneers of modern political activism within the arts, which makes them infinitely valuable to our history and our

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