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Unformatted text preview: History of Rock Music - Lecture 4 - British Invasion The British Invasion Part 1 - The Beatles They [the Beatles] were doing things nobody was doing Bob Dylan, 1964 Whatever wind was blowing at the time moved the Beatles too. Maybe the Beatles were in the craw's nest shouting "land ho" or something like that, but we were all in the same boat. John Lennon, 1980, quoted in Playboy As the last strains of classic rock rang through the American music scene, British youth across the Atlantic, who had been listening all along, became keepers of the beat. In homes and in dance halls', the music thrived. Eventually, a new music (a fusion of classic rock, rockabilly, blues, and pop) returned to the United States. It became the most commercially and critically successful genre of music in popular music history. Both the music and its transatlantic crossing were called the British Invasion , and the band that led the charge was the Beatles. 35th President of the U.S.A. - John F. Kennedy The presidential election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 inspired and rejuvenated the spirit of the nation. For many Americans, Kennedy, at 43 the youngest president ever elected, represented change and a departure from the conservative 1950s. His promise of a New Frontier came to an abrupt end with his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. This event was more than a murder, more even than an assassination; it was the devastation of a dream, the hope that a better world was just around the corner. Kennedy brought to our national consciousness the belief that we could appreciate the past without being trapped by it, that there was a promising future just ahead. All we needed to do was to work together and all of our national and international problems would eventually be resolved. One of his most memorable quotes, spoken at his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, asks Americans to become active citizens: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. For manymonths after his death the national mood was one of depression and hopelessness. The arrival of the Beatles and their upbeat and refreshing sound was the antidote the nation needed. In retrospect it seems obvious that his elevation of our mood had to come from outside the parameters of Americas own musical culture, if only because the folk music which then dominated American pop was so tied to the crushed dreams of the New Frontier- critic Lester Bangs. The Beatles American arrival February 1964 The Beatles followed a road that was unlike any taken before. Their music and lyrics took off in uncharted directions and were closely followed by a procession of other musicians. Their impact on Western culture was enormous. Hair grew to the shoulder (and past) and a multitude of new cultural and political questions were asked and answered. The group's massive commercial success rewrote the artist's relationship with the record label and pointed the way to untold record industry profitability. record label and pointed the way to untold record industry profitability....
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