The Beatles. We have all heard of them. But what’s all the hype about? While the Beatles are a common household name in today’s world, we shouldn’t take their contributions to US Pop culture lightly. Arriving at JFK national airport in 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, better known as The Beatles, became an instant sensation(Altschuler 63). Their shaggy hair and interesting clothes soon became anything but unique in America. Though The Beatles revolutionized American popular music in many important ways, one way, that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves is that they developed the stereotypical “boy-band”(Wald 75).
To Show just how famous The Beatles were, here is a clip of them stepping off the plane for the first time in the US. Notice the welcome they received in a country they had never been to before.
The Beatles made what it is to be a boy-band. There was the “smart one”, “goofy one”, “sweet one”, and the “bad one”. Though it may seem silly to describe such an iconic musical group in a way that only a teenage girl could, it made the mold for all boy-bands to come. Though the Beatles are without a doubt the most successful boy-band ever to exist, they revolutionized American music in a way that allowed other guy groups to attempt to imitate similar success. Bands like The Backstreet boys, nSync, One Direction, and Big Time Rush are just a few examples of groups molded from the idea set by The Beatles.
Not only did they revolutionize the makeup of bands, they also revolutionized America in that they introduced music that harbored at least some cultural tolerance. The Beatles’ interest in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was the founder of the transcendental meditation movement, and culturally traditional music changed Western attitudes about other cultures especially Indian cultural practices and their music (McGasko). This was especially important in the tumultuous time period in which they arrived which consisted of the Assassination of JFK, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, the Cold War, and several other serious issues. Their broadmindedness brought about peace during a thundering time in our nations history, coinciding with “one of the most socially tumultuous periods in the history of America, the Beatles’ music reflected its era but also transcended it, so that even now their music remains fresh to each successive generation that discovers it”(McGasko).
Altschuler, Glenn C. All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003. Print.
“Beatles Arrive in USA February 7, 1964 JFK Airport.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2015.
McGasko, Joe. Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2015.
Wald, Elijah. How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ‘n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.