The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called "a night that changed the course of American culture." More than seventy million television viewers - the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show - watched the Beatles' performance that February 9, 1964.Read more...
The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called "a night that changed the course of American culture." More than seventy million television viewers - the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show - watched the Beatles' performance that February 9, 1964. It was only the beginning.
Had the Beatles been simply the most successful musical group of all time, their place in history would be secure. But they were much, much more. The Beatles changed popular culture forever. They changed the way people listened to music and experienced its role in their lives. And they were even more. For as their work matured, they became nothing less than the embodiment of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Readers will also discover how the Beatles became prisoners of their own success and how, by retreating into the recording studio, they attained even greater heights by creating songs and albums of such meaning and of such influence that the entire nature and importance of popular music was profoundly altered.
- ISBN-13: 9780802735652
- ISBN-10: 0802735657
- Publisher: Walker & Company
- Publish Date: February 2014
- Page Count: 176
- Reading Level: Ages 10-14
- Dimensions: 10.21 x 10.43 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.31 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Sandler (Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II) documents the ways that the Beatles left an indelible mark on international popular culture and the music industry, opening with the group’s U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, which he calls a “night that would change America.” Describing this and subsequent performances, Sandler captures the fanaticism of screaming fans, whose increasingly frenzied behavior eventually led the Fab Four to fear for their safety and precipitated their decision to stop touring and instead concentrate on recording albums. The author offers incisive commentary on the Beatles’ musical inspirations, experimentation, and evolution, incorporating quotations from the group members that illuminate their individual personalities. Substantial sidebars explore the group’s “musical firsts,” how the band got its name, the influence of “Beatles-boosting” American disc jockeys, and various places the Beatles made famous, including New York City’s Strawberry Fields and Liverpool’s Penny Lane. On-stage and behind-the-scenes color and b&w photos fill this appreciative and intelligent examination of the far-reaching effects of Beatlemania. Ages 10–14. (Feb.)■