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Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960s?

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"Groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had a positive impact during the 1960's." Popular music had gone through a revolution in the late 1950's. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles had a great impact on society for many reasons. Firstly, music was becoming even more important in the everyday life of teenagers. Music programmes on television such as Top of the Pops and Six Five Special gave the music more publicity. There were more radio stations broadcasting music, gramophones and records were becoming cheaper so more and more people could afford them. This in turn led to bands becoming bigger and having a greater impact on society. The music industry took advantage of the increased spending power of teenagers and bands like the Beatles produced lyrics in songs that people wanted to buy. The real breakthrough in music came in 1962. With John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals) it seemed as if nothing could go wrong. They'd been performing together for a number of years. ...read more.


First he made them scrub, comb their hair and get into civilized clothing. Then little by little, by a combination of hunch, luck and design. The Beatles music and image developed during the 60's, all youngsters listened to their music and most of them became mods. Along with the music came British fashion, such as miniskirts, longer hairstyles for men, and the 'twiggy' look. The 1960's were a period of great change. Previous ideas were no longer 'hip' or 'happening'. For many people the 'swinging sixties' began in 1963 with the release of the Beatles first single and No.1 hit. The Beatles had an amazing impact on the 60's and the future decades. It can be argued that they are greater than any other pop group including the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones were known as "the greatest rock and roll band in the world" they were quite popular amongst the youngsters as they sang about rebellion "Brown sugar" this song was also quite racist. Everyone was outraged by their lyrics like "Now I need you more than ever let's spend the night together". ...read more.


However the Rolling Stones were so much different, they were the leather-jacket-wearing rebels known as rockers. Their songs were quite bad influences and parents didn't allow their children to listen to their songs. Most of their songs were about sex, drugs and rebellion. Later on The Beatles made a song about drugs called 'Lucy in the sky with diamond', in my opinion they were being influenced by the Rolling Stones and wanted to be slightly rebellious like them and didn't just want a image of 'the good boys'. These music bands completely changed the society and tastes of Britain in the 1960's, without these bands we wouldn't have today's music. The two bands; the Beatles and the Rolling Stones both had their different styles that were followed by youths. Some say they were rivals in the music industry. In my opinion the music bands had such a big impact because there was something special about the 1960's, which allowed the bands to be open and break out of being conservative. So they could sing about what they wanted and not be criticized. ?? ?? ?? ?? Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960's? ...read more.

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