Re: The Band that Changed ... Everything: Februrary 9, 1964
posted at 2/7/2014 9:40 PM EST
In response to polar123's comment:
Being born after The Beatles first appearance in the States, I always feel a bit jealous of the people who were of age, and were just begining to hear their music for the first time. Tbh, I can't ever remember being that excited about a band, that would cause so much hysteria. I ask my realtives who were teenagers at the time what it was like when the Beatles and Stones first arrived and their faces still light up. To be a music fan in that period would have been a lot of fun.
What strikes me most about that period is how all these bands pushed each other, and the creative energy and imput that came out of those fives years imo 64-69, has rarely been duplicated. Brian Wilson, writing Pet Sounds, in response to Rubber Soul, -- God Only Knows in response to Norwegian Wood, two of my favorite songs. I still marvel at the staying power of not only the Beach Boys and the Beatles, but so many of the other bands that came of age during those five years.
Many folks say the Beatles arriving in America was the begining of the greatest decade in music. Its hard to argue that point, when you look back at bands like the Who, the Stones, The Hollies, the Zombies, Buffalo Springfield, etc. I have always been partial to the early 90's as another period where artists pushed each other and brought about a great creative wave, but it is hard to argue against the decade that gave us Sgt. Peppers..
Yes, the hysteria surrounding every move the Beatles made really does capture the essence of what happened. Fans were hysterical. There was no technology, no internet, no youtube, just television and radio, and music fanzines and magazines. It's no wonder that there are so many splendid, perfectly photographed images of the Beatles, and so many that have become symbols of all they represented.
In the thread where we discussed JFK in November, I started the thread by mentioning Henry Grossman (only in his twenties himself at the time!!) the photographer who has to be considered one of the luckiest photographers the world has ever known, b/c he took JFK's portrait (that turned out to be Jackie Kennedy's favorite), and he became the photographer of the Beatles when they first came on the scene. You just don't see photographs like that of bands anymore --- not like that.
I can't find the article right now, but I read this week that Berklee offers courses in the music of the Beatles and they are full every semester. They study them and their music, and apparently, can't get enough of them.
Like you, I am astonished at their staying power, as well as so many of the bands of that era. I also love so much of the music from the 90's ... but it's just doesn't resonate on the same level. And since you mentioned Buffalo Springfield, I have to just say that my yoga teacher has a playlist that she used tonight that has "For What It's Worth" as the lead in track, and it is a heck of a way to start a yoga session. Sick of it? Not even close.