79 Days Later: Cheered Up & Ready For Change

According to the “Kennedy Rebound Theory of Beatlemania,” the Beatles boosted the national spirit after the assassination and made us more receptive to the happy tumult the Beatles ushered in. The Saturday Evening Post agreed saying, “They served for a time to divert us. We wish them well. We like them better than Cyprus, Panama… Read more

Beatles April ’64 Chart Toppers Mesmerized Boomers

In the spring of 1964, young America’s love for the Beatles and the steady flow of Beatle music converged, such that by the week of April 4, the top five songs in the country were Beatle songs. This feat, never accomplished by any band before or since, is often cited as evidence of the Beatles’… Read more

EXCERPT: Let It Be…On The Roof

The most uplifting scene in Let It Be was of course the unannounced rooftop concert. Performing live, which all four loved, had become unpleasant and unwieldy on the road. The plan was for the Get Back project to culminate in a live show, but they couldn’t identify a venue all could agree to. The rooftop was… Read more