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It was 50 years ago, today . . .

February 7, 2014 by Reader's Connection

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Hey, we had a YouTube link here, with the Beatles singing “All My Loving” on Ed Sullivan. But the video has been canned by YouTube. Perhaps as a result of overuse, leading up to this historic weekend.

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.

 

jpandgeorge2We 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.

girl2Not 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.”
ringo2I’ve often thought about how The Beatles and the bands that came after them really marked a divide between my parents’ generation and my own. There really was no way we could share this music, and the music that followed over the next few years. But oddly enough, our children’s generation was able to share it with us, and even most of the next generation at least knows who The Beatles are, and even knows some of their music. That would be like my generation knowing in 1964 who the hottest musical act was in 1914!

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 Beatles, 1962-1966

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.

The Unseen Beatles

 

The Unseen Beatles

The Beatles Anthology

 

 

On to the books and downloadables, and even an online database:

The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, and Other Fans Remember

The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, and Other Fans Remember

Downloadable e-book.

 

 

The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World: February 1964

 

The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World: February 1964

 

 

 

The Beatles in America: The 50th Anniversary (On downloadable e-book only)

 

 

 

Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America

 

Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America

Downloadable e-book.

 

 

 

Sundays with Sullivan: How The Ed Sullivan Show Brought Elvis, the Beatles, and Culture to America

 

Sundays with Sullivan: How The Ed Sullivan Show Brought Elvis, the Beatles, and Culture to America

 

 

 

The British Invasion

 

The British Invasion

 

 

 

The British Invasion: How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America

The British Invasion: How the Beatles and Other UK Bands Conquered America

Downloadable e-book.

 

 

The Beatles: All These Years. Vol. 1, Tune in

The Beatles: All These Years. Vol. 1, Tune In

Downloadable e-book.

Downloadable audiobook.

 

 

The Complete Beatles: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970

 

The Complete Beatles: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970

 

 

The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970

The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970

Downloadable e-book.

 

 

When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top

 

When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles’ Rise to the Top

 

 

Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock 'n' Roll

 

Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

 

 

With the Beatles: Inside Beatlemania

 

With the Beatles: Inside Beatlemania

 

 

All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

 

All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

 

 

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

 

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