Newsletter #4: the Beatles and Advanced Punctuation
Musically, we are now firmly in the 1960s. Phil Spector and Berry Gordy have a new force with which to contend: the British Invasion—and in the vanguard of this musical assault are the Beatles, a group comprised of four working-class (well, John was considered middle class) young men (Boughton) who conquered the world with their unique approach to creating pop music (with a little help from their friends).
The Beatles in 1963 (PA Images)
Musically, they tout more successes than most other musicians: including holding the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1964 (Green); having three spots (#s 24, 11, 5 in the top twenty-five albums of all time (Rolling Stone); and holding the top spot in most certified albums sold—with no artist even coming close to their claim (Clark).
Culturally, their collective image and individual personalities redefined the rock star, including creating “’[. . .] a newly feminized, distinctly friendlier form of manhood [. . . ]’” (Schloss, Starr, et al., 113) and being the harbingers of the World Music scene to the Western world (Schloss, Starr, et al., 115).
Economically, the Beatles’ members had great successes and some serious failures: from one perspective, they (and the Rolling Stones) were a band who marketed themselves in a way to maximize album sales (q.v.) by using their teen sensation image and irreverent attitudes to achieve this far more capitalist goal (the Guardian); from another, they failed because of bad publishing deals early in their careers (Utton); and from another perspective, each of the Beatles (or their estates) is wealthy beyond most of our wildest dreams: the lowest being $350 million (Starr) and the highest being $1.2 billion (McCartney) (Barone).
An image from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Many scholars and musical enthusiasts divide the Beatles career into three distinct periods; see below each period’s characteristics, with links to songs which highlight these phases:
1962 – 1964: Boy band; almost overnight pop stardom; dance songs; respectable, clean-cut, charming HOMOGENEITY; defined roles; personalities; songs about puppy love and girls; John/ Paul—principal songwriters.
“Love Me Do” (1962)
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
“Please Please Me” (1963)
1965 – 1967: Serious musicians/ composers/ lyricists; withdraw from pop spotlight, focusing on innovative and mature songwriting; dressing and physical image expresses individuality of each member, as each EMERGES as a unique songwriter; collectively they create Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—considered the most popular British album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine; Brian Epstein commits suicide and throws Beatles’ finances into disarray.
“Eleanor Rigby” (1966)
“Tomorrow Never Knows” (1966)
“A Day in the Life” (1967)
1968 – 1970: Issues with drugs/ egos/ women/ financial woes strain the band; Yoko One and Linda Eastman cause issues in the band; each member becomes SELF-INDULGENT with his songwriting; music becomes experimental to the extreme—moving away just writing hits to trying new techniques and sound effects; work with Phil Spector on an album; popular rumor develops that Paul has died (on November 9, 1966) and was replaced with an imposter—a doppelganger!
“Helter Skelter” (1968) (Many consider this the beginning of proto-heavy metal. Compare this with their work from 1962 – 1964.)
“Let It Be” (1970) (Phil Spector produced this song and album.)
This is the tip of the iceberg; your exploration continues in Paper/ Project #3.
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