Beatles essay - Olivia Downs Dr. Wolfgang Lepschy ENG 1101...

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Olivia Downs Dr. Wolfgang Lepschy ENG 1101 1 August 2010 The Beatles In 2001, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, one of the most popular music magazines in the world, proclaimed The Beatles as the “World’s Hottest Band?” The Beatles have been quoted as “the most popular and influential musical group of the 20 th century” (ABC-CLIO 1). John Lennon also once quoted that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ right now.” These accusations and comments were made around the world in the 60’s because of, Beatlemania, the crazed phenomenon they caused. It is so strange because The Beatles broke up in 1970 and they are still such a success today. This leads many people to ask: How have The Beatles influenced popular culture and what makes them still so popular today? To begin with, The Beatles influenced popular culture through fashion. When the band first got together, they were dressed in tight jeans and leather jackets (ABC-CLIO 2). Because of The Beatles’ rising popularity, their new manager, Brian Epstein, convinced the group to dress up their look. The four Beatles went from leather clad to matching, famous Pierre Cardin suits. Most importantly, the four pop stars sported longer hair known as a “mop top” which became the hottest novelty item to purchase (Fashion Review 1). As the years passed and The Beatles grew as a band their style changed with their new music. The Beatles were influenced by the 18 th century style threads such as velvet, satin, and fur setting a trend for the men (Fashion Review
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