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  • Posted By: mannlow
  • Date Posted: 11/21/2010
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Beatles Music: Songs of the Counterculture

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Beatles Music: Songs of the Counterculture

The 1960's are thought of by many to be the most eventful and changing decade in the history of America. In this time period there was much excitement as well as turmoil in America caused by many factors, including the charismatic leadership of John F. Kennedy, black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. protesting for civil rights and Malcolm X preaching black superiority and violence, Indians protesting, women petitioning for equal treatment, religion being taken out of public schools, the abortion issue burning, people protesting war, and many other events. The country was changing and doing so rapidly as a growing counterculture was rising among the largest group of adolescents America had ever seen. In this decade the music of "The Beatles" fueled and enhanced the fast-growing counterculture and came at a perfect time, when America needed them most.

When Kennedy was assassinated after the air of excitement he had caused, the country was shocked and somewhat depressed as rumors of war added to this sad time in America. The country needed an emotional lift and weeks later the Beatles showed up. They were upbeat, exciting, longhaired and hopped right into the waiting arms of the American music scene with hits like "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". By April of 1964 the top five singles in the U.S. were all Beatles songs. Wilfred Mellers, a Professor of Music at the University of York wrote: " the Beatles, in common with other geniuses, such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, knew the right time and place to be born."

Kurt Loder of Time Magazine wrote:
" their overflowing gift for songcraft, harmony and instrumental excitement, their spiffy suits, and nifty haircuts, their bright quips and ready smiles, made them appear almost other worldly, as if they had just ...

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