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History- Beatles

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History Coursework Assignment Two: Objectives 2 and 3 1. Study Source A What can you learn from Source A about the impact of the Beatles in the 1960s? Source A describes the popularity of the Beatles who appeared live in "Juke Box Jury" in a hot summer's evening in 1964. From Source A, we learn the impact of the Beatles in the 1960s was tremendous. The Beatles also called the "Fab Four" were very popular because they were "cool, hip, smart, lippy, charming and funny". So the writer of the Source, Joanna Lumley who lived in London, was so keen to see them. She hurried home to watch the TV programme. The source may be exaggerated and is not reliable. The description was written in the 1990s, the writer might forget the details. "No one was to be seen" on the streets during the rush hour of that evening implies that people of all ages like the Beatles. However, I think the Beatles are popular to teenagers because of their appearance and romantic songs. I believe the writer is very loyal to the Beatles so she may exaggerate the feelings of the people towards the event, such as, "The nation held its breath" and "It was very heaven to be alive". ...read more.

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The Source is an entry in the TV times in 1965. Although the writer of the source is ambiguous, I believe that he/she is a staff of the TV company. It is a special advertisement trying to attract young viewers by inviting them to meet "a galaxy of stars". However, the source does not tell whether it is a series programme, it just says 'the weekend'. Therefore, it is not reliable to represent programmes being provided for young people. Both sources show that new opportunities were available to meet young people's need of listening to pop music. They are useful in understanding why many young people believed that the 1960s gave them opportunities that they had never had before. 4) Study Sources F and G Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain why some people came to see the 1960s as a period of bad influences on British society. Source F is about Mrs. Mary Whitehouse's comment that the BBC has "built-in censorship" against traditional ideas of "established Christian faith" and "national culture" which "inspire a sense of purpose and hope". Therefore, she set up "the Women of Britain Clean Up TV Campaign" as bad programmes gave a very bad influence to the British society in the 1960s. ...read more.

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There was hippy movement to protest against the Vietnam War. Hippies seemed to abandon responsibility, emphasise on sex, peace and drug taking. Source H describes "teenagers have become a power" in an adult world but "crushed by adult obligations". Their "tastes are studied with respect - particularly by the entertainment industry". This is supported by Sources D and E. Source D is a special advert of a TV programme in 1965 aimed at attracting young viewers. Source E shows that at first young people were "stuck" with their parents for the BBC programmes. Then the BBC changed to meet their needs as they were "the way of the future". Moreover Source F shows the accusation of the BBC's "built-in censorship" against the national culture. These show television and radio play a special part in spreading teenage culture. By the end of 1960s, family was no longer mattered the most in society, but individual. Young people emphasized on freedom and self-expression more than responsibility and obligation. However, most of them still respected their parents, went to school and hoped to find a good job after school. This can be supported by Source I which shows the number of full time students in Britain, from "200,000 in 1961" to "390,000 in 1969". Therefore I disagree with the view "popular culture in the 1960s did more harm than good". ?? ?? ?? ?? Jimmy Lam 11G 5/11/08 ...read more.

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