Beatlemania at The Rock and Roll Report

Alright I admit it, I’ve succumbed to all the hype and on this, the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, I present to you a few posts on The Beatles, AKA The Fab Four, AKA The Mop Tops, AKA “For the hundredth time Becky turn down that bug music!” To dismiss the influence of The Beatles on both rock and roll specifically and popular culture in general is to live in denial. You may argue that other groups of the time were more talented (doubtful) or that they were just in the right place at the right time (true) but really when you strip away all the hype that has been piled on these four Liverpudlians over the last forty years what you have is a body of music that is still to this day vibrant, exciting and still enjoyable to listen to. I am not going to bother with comparing The Beatles to Bach or Chopin but I will admit that, despite some of their music coming across as a bit dated, the majority of The Beatles recorded work shows such diversity and such astonishingly consistent quality that to deny them their due, no matter what type of music you listen to, is to ignore musical history and rock and roll reality. In the words of the immortal Ed Sullivan “Ladies and Gentlemen….The Beatles!”