"You Say You Want A Revolution"

Global Impacts of the British Invasion

The Beatles - Revolution

How the Beatles Changed the World

They gave teenagers not only a voice but a way of being, a way of thinking that had never occurred before. Teens around the world had never seen anyone like the Beatles.

Their clothes, hair, they were confident, natural, cheeky. For a teenager seeing the Beatles on TV or in concert was like the whole world lighting up, they felt like they could be friends with them.

They incorporated the sounds of many different traditions, religions and cultures into their music whilst still making these sounds accessible to popular music fans.

Their songs helped popular music of the 1960s to become the soundtrack for political, social and cultural upheaval.

The Beatles influenced and impacted various aspects of late 20th century western society, including globalization, the generation gap, the environment, spirituality, the gender revolution, fashion, the environment, geography, religion, political and personal freedom, global stock markets, film, art and even the fall of Communism.

Gave the idea that everybody was welcome. It didn’t matter if you were the hippest kid in the neighborhood, you could still be a Beatles Fan.

Teens learned from the Beatles that you could look the way you want, be the way you want, be your own person...it’s ok


As word spread about the Fab Four Beatlemania grew. Once it was big in one country it was even bigger in the next.

Beatlemania begins in Scotland

  • The first time the Beatles came to Scotland, in the frozen January of 1963, only 15 people showed up.
  • The next time he brought them north of the border, to Glasgow Odeon on Oct. 5, they had scored a No. 1 album and three No. 1 singles, and it was as if a hurricane had blown into town.
  • The night almost unraveled when nervous local police insisted the Beatles start early to satisfy rowdily impatient fans, even though his bouncers were still in the pub.
  • It was absolute pandemonium. Girls fainting, screaming, wet seats.
  • The whole hall went into some kind of state, almost like collective hypnotism.
  • The radio announcer and concert producer called it "Beatlemania" and coined the term.
The Beatles first live US concert at the Washington Coliseum - Twist and Shout 1964 Beatles

Beatlemania in Japan

June 30th-July 2nd 1966 (5 performances were planned)

First Beatles Tour to Japan

  • People had to apply for tickets (prize competitions, ticket lottery) and many women were desperate to go.

  • Japanese teens loved American Rock and Roll, Elvis. The Beatles were heavily influenced by American R+R, Chuck Berry, Elvis.
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The Beatles 日本公演 前座(最長版)
(Snippets) The Beatles - Live At The Nippon Budokan Hall - June 30th, 1966
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The Beatles Role in the Fall of the Iron Curtain: Beatlemania in the U.S.S.R.

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Beatles - 1966 U.S.S.R. propaganda film
The BeatLove (официальный российский трибьют The Beatles) - Help! (Live at LifeNews)
Russian Beatles
Yesterday (The Beatles) is played by Balalaika Orchestra

Beatlemania Hits Australia

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The Beatles Live At The Centennial Hall, Adelaide, Australia (Saturday 13th June 1964)
Celebrity Solstice 2016: The Australian Beatles

The Beatles in India

George develops an interest in Indian music in 1966 and begins writing songs with Indian instruments and melodies.
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George Harrison- The Inner Light
India'n Beatles - Dear Prudence 2016
Indian Beatles
The Beatles of Bollywood - Day Tripper


The Beatles had a significant global impact. They were cultural icons that contributed to the emergence of international teen culture.

When you were a teenager in 1964 you didn’t look to your parents for cues on what to wear, how to act, what was cool.....you looked to rock stars like the Beatles.

During the baby boom era when society was dominated by teenagers, the Beatles accomplished more in two years (1964-1966) than most pop stars do in a lifetime.

They brought Western culture and ideals to the East and a sense of world music from East to West.

During the 1960‘s they were the greatest show business example of music and admiration across the world in all of history.

They brought people together no matter what their background or ethnicity and shared a universal message of love, peace, and humanity.

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RTK - The Kop On Panorama 1964


"When Beatlemania Came to Japan" by Hoshika Rumiko


"When the Beatles Took on Japan's Right Wing" by Sanjena Sathian


"Mac in the USSR" by Luke Bainbridge


"How Rock and Roll Brought the Soviet Union Down" by Brigid McCarthy


For Young Soviets, the Beatles Were a First, Mutinous Rip in the Iron Curtain" by Ed Vulliamy


"Back in the USSR- Life as a Student in Moscow in the 1960's" Dr. Collins was interviewed by Charles Stuart Kennedy in February 2012


How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: BBC Documentary

"The Beatles Let it Be in Australia: 1964" by Philip O'Brien