"I Wanna Hold Your Hand."
I had never heard anything like the Beatles before. First I just froze and listened, then I wanted to dance, it was amazing to me.
My favorite Beatles album;
It's a bittersweet feeling this anniversary. My favorite Beatles have passed away, the irony of Johns death, because of a handgun is not lost on me.
Thanks a lot 2nd amendment, loonies can shoot rock stars and just about anyone else they point their guns at.
It is hard to put into words what the Beatles meant to me. How much they inspired me. Listening to their music changed me, changed the world. Music would never be the same. That's power.
The Beatles changed more than music, they challenged the way we thought. There was a lot of truth in their music, usually the best art has that as a foundation.
I guess when the Beatles blasted onto our TV sets it was the perfect storm, the birth of our culture of consumerism. We had the financial wherewithal to spend money on albums, posters. Economically, these were good times considering the boom we were having after WW2. There was a lot of optimism in those days. Affluence, youth, equality, pop culture and the "generation gap." The sad Eleanor Rigby, a song about a lonely old woman., who keeps the" face in a jar by a door" a dull and boring older generation whose funerals no one goes too is a "generation gap" song. I know I experienced this difference in generation every time my parents would play their Perry Como or Mitch Miller records that I detested. There were no Beatles albums.
By the time Revolver came out in 1966, The Hippie movement was taking off and George Harrison experienced this in San Francisco, with weird results. There was a movement for human rights not seen before that was gaining traction.These were exciting times when actual social progress was made. Sgt. Pepper, (the first concept album) the White Album and so much more came out of this creative, experimental time. With Revolver and Harrison's "Taxman" was the first social criticism The Beatles made with their music. I don't think it's any secret that the Beatles didn't grow up rich, however they never made an issue of that when they sang "I Want To hold Your Hand." It must have surprised them to end up so wealthy. The Beatles are still most famous as a band than any of them are as individuals. What I really admired was John Lennon's activism and George Harrison's work for the poor in Concert for Bangladesh. I admired their work for social justice. I am old enough to remember the Beatles influence 50 years ago, change was coming, or so we thought.
The Beatles 50th anniversary should be something to celebrate. I wonder what this generation, this "lost" generation has to be happy about? Do they have same advantages as my generation did 50 years ago? We are still wrestling with issues that should have been overcome a long time ago. Rampant commercialism that propelled the Beatles to their fame and fortune now threatens us with no end in sight. The change that we all believed in has retrograded and become stagnant, because we have allowed corporations and profit to become more important than our kids and they should be really pissed off about that.
One thing I do believe in is that change is possible, because "Tomorrow Never Knows."