Rock & Roll
The Beatles Changed Music
The Beatles were many things simultaneously: the most famous celebrities of their day, the most successful songwriters of their age and, ultimately, the most beloved band of all time.And one more thing: The Beatles were also the most creative single force to ever hit popular music.The band has influenced generations, and still continues to have a profound impact. The Beatles not only changed music; they also forever altered the way music is made.Through ceaseless inventiveness, The Beatles set musical trends that are still being followed. They never rested on their achievements, constantly stretching the boundaries of pop music.
Why Did People Like Them?
Origins Of Rock & Roll
Why are they still popular?
"The prevalent attitude among the elite ruling class was that young people had no say in their own lives," Lewis says. "The Beatles made rebellion constructive, articulating it with joyous, giddy exuberance. At a time when cigar-chomping moguls paid people in cubicles to write factory-farm pop songs for teenagers, The Beatles were completely authentic, and kids instinctively understood that."
Their camaraderie, self-deprecating wit, effervescence and non-conformist hair and fashion also appealed to a growing youth culture. Radio, formerly a fixed object in homes, proliferated in transistor form, and an improving economy gave teens a disposable income to buy records.