How the Beatles Revolutionized Rock Music
It isn’t an accident that the sixties represented the cultural end of the shadow of World War Two hanging over society: of people beginning to forget about rationing and planning, and a generation of young people express themselves politically, socially and as consumers. The Beetles came to America after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in hope to lift spirits and inspire people kick at the world in a different light. They invented serious rock music, which some saw as good and bad, but really The Beetles wanted to change the world for the better.Society began to become less restrictive and people eventually came to feel more free and able to express themselves. The Beetles changed how music was seen and heard all over the world, not just America or Britain.
People now thought of musicians as serious artists. Paul McCarty and John Lemon’s songs included a range of people and their stories, which caught the attention of the listeners. John Lennox also included politics in his music that people really didn’t understand.He included political aspects of the whole world in his songs but hid it under his beautiful music and lyrics, so people began to fall in love with music that most of the time they did not truly understand the meanings to. The Beetles even changed how and what music was written about. ‘Shod was one of the first serious and literary takes on modern music. People arched for hidden meanings; they played songs backwards; they wondered about the characters who inspired and filled the music.
The Beetles music even changed the way people wanted to use technology. Television and culture became more creative and imaginative.They were the highlighted subject of the first live global satellite television broadcast in 1967. In 1968 they decided to own their own record company, Apple Records. The result was that American releases contained the Apple label while British releases did not (at first). The Beetles self contained record label was one of their most magnificent ideas Radio stations at the time used to only play on AM radio and only allowed three minute songs to be played. When ‘Hey Jude’ was released, radio changed music to FM radio and allowed the 7 h minute song to be played all the way through.
After that, all bands of that time made songs of seven minutes or longer and were able to have their whole songs played without being cut off by the three minute limit of the AM radio. The Beetles music made a drastic change from start to finish. As they were first starting out, Britain was known as a stuffy, hidebound, class ridden society. The Beetles made Britain feel a better place and more dynamic and ‘cool’ to people across the world. They made a transition from a couple of boys from Liverpool being nervous, and hesitant with their rudimentary harmonies to their psychedelic experimentation. The white Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ still to this day is spellbinding and dazzling in its journey. It is conventional wisdom in rock circles to praise The Beetles later work, to see the apex of theirs serious music, but their early songs contain only a totally infections, joyful spirit and exuberance.
The 1963-64 singles, ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ show their musicianship, songwriting and lyrics and collective sound all maturing, but it is the catchy, irresistible ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ which defines that era.Fifty years later still talking about the Beetles. It is true that rock has become part of the conservatism of popular culture. Our fascination with the Beetles is about more than this and the sheer ingenuity, exuberance and range of the music. It is about where and what the sixties and the Beetles place in them represents Although many different musical acts hold variously scattered chart-topping arresting successes, no specific artist has ever come close to the nearly inexplicable global phenomenon the Beetles enjoyed in the Spring of 1964.