The Beatles and the 1960s
In this class we will be exploring the 1960s through the lens of the Beatles.
The Beatles and the British Invasion An Era of Social change - The 1960s
Culture and Counterculture
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.
1. Compare and contrast how people and cultures interacted in the United States during the 1960s.
2. Evaluate the impact of music and photography and other forms of artistic expression and how they represented values and beliefs during the 1960s.
How were a group of teenagers from Liverpool in the United Kingdom able to dominate the music scene in the 1960s and how did they influenced society and culture at the time. How were they influenced by culture and society?
Q: "What is Strawberry Fields?"
John "It's a name, it's a nice name. When I was
writing 'In My Life,' I was trying 'Penny Lane' at
that time. We were trying to write about Liverpool,
and I just listed all the nice-sounding names, just
arbitrarily. Strawberry Fields was a place near us
that happened to be a Salvation Army home. But
Strawberry Fields - I mean, I have visions of
Strawberry Fields. and there was Penny Lane, and the
Cast Iron Shore, which I've just got in some song now,
and they were just good names - just groovy names.
Just good sounding. Because Strawberry Fields is
anywhere you want to go."
History Standard 3.2 Analyze how forces of tradition and change have influenced, altered, and maintained social roles and the social organization of societies throughout history.