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It Was 50 Years Ago Today . . .

Posted by purplemary54 on February 9, 2014

American music, and culture, was forever changed today in 1964 when the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.  I’m not going to say much more, since there’s already been a bit of overkill as far as this anniversary is concerned.  (And it takes a lot for me to say that anything involving the Beatles is overkill.)

Even though I think this has all been a little overhyped, that doesn’t mean I’m downplaying the effect the Fab Four had on America.  Beatlemania had already gripped England, and it spread to the States like an infection.  It was one of those watershed moments of the 1960s, like the moon landing and Kennedy’s assassination.  There was so much change in that decade, but it’s change that’s become the norm today.  Or even something to rebel against.  There’s always been change.  There’s always been generation gaps.  But maybe the changes of the 60s seem so massive because they were documented by and disseminated through electronic media so effectively.  (Face it millennials; you weren’t the first generation to use electronic media.)  For the first time in history, everything that was going on around the world was beamed into everyone’s living room.  It was witnessed and talked about and analyzed to death.

Maybe that’s why people are still talking about the 1960s.


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