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MUAR392 37-41 - 37. The Beatles, the British Invasion and...

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37. The Beatles, the British Invasion and Cultural Respectability - Beatles popularity a result of distinctiveness from all pop music at the time 1963: in the UK 1964: in the US (‘ British  pop group’ set them apart even more) - Audience: white, middle-class, teenagers  - Members: 1. John Lennon: rhythm guitarist (1940-1980) 2. Paul McCartney: bass guitarist, songwriter, lead vocals (b.1942), 3. George Harrison: lead guitarist, sometimes wrote/sang (1943-2001) 4. Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey): (b.1940) - Influences: rock & roll, particularly Chuck Berry - Distinguishing characteristics: 1. concept of  band,  and camaraderie 2. clarity in recording (producer George Martin) 3. orchestral instruments (use in 1965 onwards) - strains of pop music that had been kept separate - Beatles started with  “skiffle”  (from “trad” jazz) and used liberal doses of: a) rhtythm and blues  (Chick Berry, Little Richard) b) rockabilly  (Elvis, Carl Perkins, Everley Brothers) c) Brill building-produced pop music d) Motown e) British Music Hall (19 th  century) - Albums:  Please Please Me  and  With the Beatles - Released in 1963: mix of night club repertory and original compositions  - Influence on pop music  - Along with Dylan, shifted perceptions of pop music in mainstream media  - They were taken seriously as early as in their first year of music  i. Article by William Mann = critic: ‘like Gustav Mahler’  ii. Bernard Gendron ‘cultural accreditaion’ 
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Articles 1. What Songs the Beatles Sang… by William Mann   - Lennon and McCartney from Liverpool - Beatlemania = commercialization of the band in terms of clothing, etc… and all around  obsession of them - Since decline of music-hall, England took pop songs from the US - Now Beatles are ‘prime favorites in America too’ - The three or four composers are able to take original songs and sing them with virtue and  ‘without artificial sentimentality’  - Distinctive music by a firm bass line and other repeated chords - Parents, although the music is loud, welcome the music because of the variety - Brought a new flavor to the dwindling genre of pop music 2. Musicologically by Theodore Strongin - Beatles’ audience is 13-16 year old girls who he sarcastically calls ‘specialists’ - Debates the chord play a bit (unimportant)  - British countryside nostalgia with a trace of Vaughn Williams and rock and roll  - ¾ of them play electronically amplified string instruments (not Starr, drums)
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