Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard

By Candy Leonard

The Beatles arrived within the usa on February 7, 1964, and instantly turned a relentless, compelling presence in fanatics’ lives. For the following six years, the band offered a nonstop deluge of sounds, phrases, photos, and concepts, remodeling the early life and youth of hundreds of thousands of child boomers.

Beatleness explains how the band grew to become a resource of emotional, highbrow, aesthetic, and non secular nurturance in fanatics’ lives, making a courting that used to be traditionally targeted. that dating opposed to the backdrop of the sexual revolution, the Vietnam warfare, political assassinations, and different occasions of these tumultuous years, the ebook examines severely the often-heard statement that the Beatles “changed every little thing” and indicates how—through the interaction among the crowd, the lovers, and the culture—that swap got here about.

A generational memoir and cultural background in keeping with hundreds and hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with first-generation fanatics, Beatleness permits readers to experience—or re-experience—what it used to be prefer to be a teen in the course of these eventful and transformative years. Its clean procedure deals many new insights into the complete Beatle phenomenon and explains why the crowd nonetheless skill lots to so many.

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This group, known as the Frankfurt School, was concerned with the media’s power to influence how people think and behave. They became critical of mass culture, which they believed contributed to “false consciousness,” and saw fans as passive and easily manipulated. Another perception of fans is that they can become violent, especially in crowds. Beatle fans know all too well what a lone, deranged fan is capable of. A new generation of fan researchers—all of whom actually grew up with mass media and are themselves fans of one kind or another—has rejected these stereotypes.

Beatlemania happened because a unique set of cultural and historical forces converged in February 1964. Fifty years later, many fans are genuinely puzzled about why the Beatles still mean so much to them. As one female fan (b. ” Some wonder about it quite a bit, some are even slightly embarrassed by it. Beatleness explains how that unique relationship was able to develop, its impact on fans, and its impact on the world. First-generation Beatle fans believe they experienced something truly extraordinary.

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