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The Beatles and the Spectacle of Youth

  • John Muncie

Abstract

The Beatles have long been viewed as one of the key icons — perhaps the key icon — of the 1960s. Between the release of ‘Love Me Do’ in 1962 and their disbanding in 1970, they produced more than 200 songs and sold more than 200 million records. Their early appearances provoked unprecedented scenes of mass hysteria. The group whose popularity was to be variously gauged as greater than that of Elvis Presley or Jesus Christ are widely acclaimed as one of the most significant forces in the history of popular music, as being a symbol for teenagers worldwide and for revolutionizing British pop culture. Thirty years on, we routinely find their albums appearing in lists of the greatest records of all time (usually Revolver, Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), and they are widely regarded as a key reference point for the emergence of Britpop in the mid-1990s.

Keywords

Popular Music Youth Culture Musical Style Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Rolling Stone 
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