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Why did groups like Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 60's?

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Why did groups like Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 60's? The Beatles were a new band with a difference and this led to their impact in the sixties. They were different because they were producing real music and stepping away from sounding 'like just another band trying to imitate American stars'. Beatles music was 'totally unique, a mixture of rock and roll, Rhythm and Blues and Tamla Motown'. British music had always been dominated from American produced goods but the Beatles introduced abit of their own lives into their music. They talked about where they grew up 'Penny Lane' and brought back some real music for British teenagers, something they could relate to. The Beatles were very good at relating to teenager issues. They talked about many teenager troubles in their songs- love and other issues (such as new issues of manly heartache). Lyrics such as 'I want to hold your hand' and 'I'll cry instead'. The lyrics in 'I want to hold your hand' tell us about a man pleading to a woman 'let me be your man'. Lyrics in 'I'll cry instead' deal with a man who has 'lost the only girl I've had' and in turn cries about this. John Lennon & Paul McCartney wrote all these lyrics so they were more pure and real. ...read more.


To gain back status the Beatles changed their imaged they began to take drugs and wear more Indian, spiritual clothing. Their songs from the Album 'Sgt. pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' contained lyrics created on the usage of drugs. 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' talks about a imaginary world with 'tangerine trees and marmalade skies' and ' newspaper taxis appear on the shore'. Of course we know none of these things to actually exist but they were the hallucinations from taking LSD. These lyrics brought good and bad publicity for them. The older generation began to turn away from them, as they did not like their new promotion of 'the legalization of marijuana' but to their 'own generation it just added to their credibility'. Over all they were a 'versatile group with culture and music. They didn't keep drumming out the same music'. I believe this is one reason they had such a great impact on the 60's. They had a further impact because of good promotion from Brain Epstein that made sure that they appeared on shows such as the Ed Sullivan show (which promoted them globally as all of American watched the 'Fab four'). Brain made sure that they had merchandise and that the hysteria was kept heightened. The Beatles were carried by the hysteria swept by fans but not forgetting their hard work and talent. ...read more.


In the end people didn't want to provide the Rolling Stones with halls because they would get trashed!' but the Rolling Stones encouraged this bad behavior. Their music was banded from the Ed Sullivan Show, some lyrics were deemed inappropriate but this did not stop Jagger. He simply 'murmured the words' that were inappropriate. As they broke through in the Ed Sullivan Show they became transatlantic and their demand increased because of this and so their income increased. And so began their lives as celebrities. They had rich lives- full of overall 'sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll.' In one incident they were found 'urinating against a wall of a service station' which heightened publicity, even if it portrayed a bad picture- that's what they wanted. As a results of their drug takings they were charged for 'possessing four tablets containing ' illegal stimulants. They also were arrested for 'assaulting a photographer at Warwick.' Overall they took advantage of bad publicity and as their manager was 'best at exploiting this bad view' they were nearly always in the public eye. This pushed them to go global and the young fan's hysteria also aided to them making a difference. They promoted a rebellion that the teens wanted, and they got. When I asked my teacher her opinions on the band she commented 'they were different, wild. I think I liked them because of their music- whenever I listen to their music it makes me come alive.' http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Limo/3518/lucy.htm http://www.nostalgiacentral.com/60/60music.htm http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rolling-stones/117886.html ...read more.

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