It was 47 years ago, when The Beatles step foot in America and changed the course of music and history forever. Within the triangle of the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s (sex, drugs, music), it is easy to establish the fact that music was the very pinnacle of it all. The rock ’n’ roll music of the 1960’s was very appealing to all teenagers around the world and no other music group than The Beatles in?uenced the world as much as they. Unknown at the time, these four young men from Liverpool ultimately affected the course of pop culture and music in America, beginning with their 1964 visit.
Each member was born in the midst of World War II; John Lennon and Ringo Starr in 1940, Paul McCartney in 1942, and George Harrison, the youngest of the group, in 1943. John, Paul, George, and Ringo were working-class guys with no formal music education. Yet their music were changing the world. The birth of Beatlemania was in 1964 and influenced America and the world to fall in love with them. They offered the first real ray of sunshine since the assassination of President Kennedy, and were a much needed distraction to the morose melancholy of the “cold war. Despite the screaming, fainting fans and frenzy for the Fab Four, they were not like the musical heartthrobs who came before them. Along with their fun, original attitudes and ?ashy musical taste, the Beatles brought and established in America, their own political opinions as well, most prominently their anti-war viewpoints. The Beatles were not only appreciated in America as the most popular and successful band of the 1960s (and are still today) but also in?uenced the American political and social culture of the 1960s by their avid promotion of peace, love, freedom, and anti-war activity.
Not only did the Beatles sing about love, freedom, peace, and anti-war relations; more than anything, they sang to give optimism. The Beatles songs proved to be so popular because they were generally positive and cheerful songs. The Beatles optimism and hope pertained to all people, even those of color. In a time where segregation and discrimination were at an all time high, the Beatles came along and declared that they despised racial discrimination and any segregation at their concerts would not be tolerated.
The Beatles essentially had a profound in?uence on America, the world’s leading force for the music industry. Because no other British music group had succeeded in America before, the Beatles were apprehensive, nevertheless gaining large renown and adulation from millions nation-wide. The Beatles also brought a new culture, a new view of music to America. They essentially took on the role of revolutionizing rock music through their original, creative compositions which spoke of love, peace, and freedom and de?ed the conformist society of the 1950s which restricted these controversial topics and opinions in the media.
Their music captivated the world by instilling a regard for reconciliation in our hearts, and giving hope to those struggling from the pressures of Vietnam and the Cold War, racial discrimination, and depression. They left an unparalleled legacy of delightful music, in?uenced the sixties culture through their distinct qualities, and encouraged those to forsake violence and live in harmony with other human beings. The Beatles have influenced people in ways never dreamed of.
Their style of music changed the way the music industry had worked; most groups now perform their own original material, which was very uncommon in the late fifties and early sixties. The Beatles’ constant preaching of love has changed a whole generation’s thinking, and may have helped to bring an end to the Vietnam War. Some people have taken what the Beatles said as gospel and formed new religions and philosophies. However people reacted to the Beatles didn’t matter; it was just significant that people were reacting, and therefore were being influenced in some manner by the Beatles.
The Beatles disbanded in 1970. John Lennon was murdered in 1980 and George Harrison passed away in 2001 from lung cancer. Nevertheless, they are renowned as two of the greatest musicians of all time who were a part of the most in?uential rock band of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Beatles, the greatest rock band ever to exist, does not record as a group anymore, but their influences will continue for years as the youth of each generation listens to the music that changed the world.