February 09, 2014
50th Anniversary Of The Beatles
It's quite rare for young people to take notice of the 50th anniversary of anything, let alone the debut of a musical group. But, love them or hate them, the Beatles are not your usual...
They changed the social and cultural fabric more than anyone, particularly themselves ever could have imagined.
Even if you are not familiar with their music, here are some links and resources that will help you understand (or remember) what all the fuss was about.
The Beatles were controversial (and astoundingly popular) at different places and different times.
In the Soviet Union for example, The Beatles were absolutely banned as a manifestation of 'Western degenerate' culture and art.
But even with bootlegged tapes smuggled in, The Beatles had a major impact on that closed society. Here's a book review that explores this rarely heard story - http://www.lesliewoodhead.com/2013/03/how-the-beatles-rocked-the-kremlin-the-book/.
Here's a good introduction (with some great links) with an emphasis on the sheer energy and novelty of The Beatles. It's hard to even conceptualize the changes the world went through in their wake. Check it out here - http://www.examiner.com/article/beatles-invasion-was-50-years-ago-sunday-feb-9-1964-on-ed-sullivan-show.
Here, for example, is a teen-age scrapbook based on a Beatles concert in the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, USA) in 1965 - http://www.squidoo.com/The_Beatles_at_Hollywood_Bowl_1965?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SquidooLensOfTheDay+%28Squidoo+Lens+of+the+Day%29.
Could any of us imagine a current artist being celebrated after 50 years?
Take a look at these links and let me know what you think.
Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just normal people might find interesting or useful.
Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.
My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.
Posted by mmorf at February 9, 2014 09:52 PM