A Bit More on the Beatles

By December 1, 2007Culture and Entertainment

An indulgence. From Mark Steyn’s piece on Alan Bloom, the Beatles, and popular culture, the non-tax-policy part. Steyn cites Newsweek’s 1964 cover story on the Beatles’ arrival in the United States:

Visually they are a nightmare: tight, dandified, Edwardian-Beatnik suits and great pudding bowls of hair. Musically they are a near-disaster: guitars and drums slamming out a merciless beat that does away with secondary rhythms, harmony, and melody. Their lyrics (punctuated by nutty shouts of “yeah, yeah, yeah!”) are a catastrophe, a preposterous farrago of Valentine-card romantic sentiments.

Steyn observes, “There was nothing unusual about those sentiments in 1964.”

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