The Beatles…hardly anyone could not but know this English band ranking the highest rates at the beginning of 60th with their “She Loves You”, “Yesterday” and “Yellow Submarine”. The fourth of which – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr – are still associated with pop culture and fashion style of 60th. Hairstyle which appeared to be their business card was created spontaneously and was even considered to be rather funny by members of the band. What is more, John Lennon’s glasses appeared to be an accessory of the 60th and were known as “lenonky” in Czech language.
Concerning popularity of the band, it is worth saying that their talent along with band-oriented producer and manager’s contribution made The Beatles appear in a pop culture as one of the most popular music styles ever been. In addition, it is interesting to notice that “birth” of the band started at the beginning of 60th which was the best time to do it. Decades after the World War II, the economic situation has finally moved on, people had an opportunity to have rest and develop culturally. Thus, the majority had a place to live and work, did not face lack of food, clothes; in simple words, vitally important needs were satisfied and, as a result, people strived for fun and pleasure. Hippies’ revolution in America and youth decline of parental stereotypes…all these favored popularity of young band from Liverpool. On the other hand, the sixtieth and the movement of Hippie in general could not but be without such things as drugs and free sex relationship promotion.
What is more, the revitalization of economics and increase of wages/salaries caused blurring of boundaries between classes; this is the main reason why 60s were also called “classless”. In fact, the upper class did not disappear, but the majority started to belong to middle classes and, secondly, and probably the most important step of 60s, the working class has changed its status in the society, it was not considered as “slavery” any more.
All in all, the most important part and achievement of the sixtieth was definitely music. The Beatles, in particular, were not just a band of 60s, they appeared to be predecessors of today’s’ music directions and styles, have influenced present pop culture and the manner to express thoughts and feeling via signings. In addition, the fabulosity of the band was also caused by murder of John Lennon in December 1980 and simultaneously his death buried forever the idea and intention to rejoin as “The Beatles” fur further common success. Concerning fabulosity of The Beatles, it is obvious that not only consisted success of the talent of band members themselves but also time and effort-consuming work of their producer and manager. Thus, Brian Epstein, a fully band-oriented person and fan did his best since the very beginning of Beatles’ prosperity. “If Brian Epstein was to be counted as the fifth Beatle, then George Martin would be definitely the sixth” (Hecl, 2006). George Martin, as …
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