February 7, 2014 by Reader's Connection
For those of us of a certain age, it’s hard to believe that it’s been fifty years since one of the biggest moments in 20th century pop music history occurred – the first appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964. I remember sitting in front of the TV with my siblings and parents, enthralled with the different look and sound of this quartet with the unruly, long (for those times) haircuts.
We weren’t alone – according to the ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ website, about 40% of Americans watched The Beatles’ performance. We had never seen anything like the response of the television audience, mostly teenage girls, who screamed throughout the entire performance. You could sense that something big was happening, but we had only a glimmer of an idea that this music was ushering in a new era.
|Not everyone was a fan, of course. Newsweek ran a review disparaging their “great pudding bowls of hair” and “nutty shouts of ‘yeah, yeah, yeah!,’” stating “they will fade away, as most adults confidently predict.”|
The library offers a number of titles to help you relive this seminal event, and celebrate this major musical anniversary.
Before we get to the books, here are a couple of CD’s.
The Capitol Albums. Vol. 1 This 4-CD set has a mono and stereo version of each track, so you can hear how these cuts originally sounded.
And here are a couple DVD’s.
On to the books and downloadables, and even an online database:
And now the database.
Biography in Context is running a Beatles feature. If you’re doing this from home or work, you’ll need to log in with your library barcode and PIN.
–Selector Kathy Barnard