The Beatles And Their Music

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An entire generation in Cold War Soviet Russia was born to a nuclear bomb, raised under the constant threat of war, and seemed doomed to suffocate by their own government, until they were emancipated by a life force that was as formidable as unlikely a savior. This paper discusses the role of the Beatles and their music in the cultural, political and social revolutions that took place Cold War Russia. Drawing upon various conversations and anecdotes that Leslie Woodhead discusses in his 2013 book ‘How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin’, this paper attempts to also understand how contemporary Russia has evolved to carry with herself the revolutionary spirit of the Beatles.
As reiterated upon by various interviewees in different capacities, it is important that one must preface any discussion of the Beatles in the Soviet Union with a historical context of the country in the 1960s. It is indeed impossible to guess whether the Beatles would have had the impact they made on another historical generation, but the Soviet population in the mid-sixties certainly lived in a time that was “fertile ground” for the arrival of the Beatles (Woodhead, 23). In those early years of the Cold War, Nikita Khrushchev and his efforts in spearheading Russia in the international space race, along with his “thawing” of political, economic and cultural restrictions were a source of a nationwide zeal and pride. Nevertheless, the rapid events leading to his ousting in 1965, and the hastily implemented
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