Too Young For Woodstock, But Tuned In & Turned On

This week marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, an event thought by many to epitomize the spirit of the sixties. As I write about in Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade The World, many music fans, age 12, 13, and 14 in 1969, bemoan the fact that they were “too young… 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

When The Beatles Came To Anytown, USA

Beatlemania is once again rampant as towns that welcomed the Beatles in the late summer of ’64—some rather reluctantly at the time—look back at the moment with pride. Many cities are holding Beatle festivities to mark the event. Fifty years ago, bewildered city fathers nervously anticipated the Beatles arrival. Many were fearful that their nice,… Read more