The British Music Invasion: The Effects on Society and Culture

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     “So the British invasion was more important as an event, as a mood: than as music” (Bangs, 171). This was the British invasion. I wasn’t just about the music, it was more then that; this is what makes it so unique. It didn’t just happen to effect America by chance, it lifted the spirits and moods of its youth. It isn’t just coincidence that Kennedy was assassinated right before the Beatles famous Ed Sullivan Show performance. The whole country was in a deep depressive doldrum after the assassination, and for good reason. The British invasion was needed by Americans to snap out of this funk, and this was just the thing to do it. (One thing that Americans used to avoid the depressing times was to use illegal …show more content…
In the early wave, the Beatles created a frenzy that was never seen before in America. “In early August 1964, Beatlemania had become a full blown epidemic. Teenage girls jammed the theaters, singing along with the songs, shrieking and crying as each of the lovable mop tops did his star turn” (Ward, 279). Teenage girls were acting way out of line according to previous etiquette established in earlier decades. This started a gradual trend of major change from this point on. We could even say that the Beatles were the most influential entity on American behavior in the last forty years. In the second wave, a sort of “drug culture” emerged; headed by such bands as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd and others. While the Beatles and the Stones (more so in the early years) had a clean-cut look, these bands were openly on acid, and it was well known that it was considered one of their main sources of creativity. “Held at Alexandra Palace…inside the cavernous structure, there were bands (often two at once, playing from full volume from opposite ends of the hall), an unending display of film and lights…about dawn, as the walls of Ally Pally began to turn pink, Pink Floyd finally came on…everyone had been waiting for them and everybody was on acid” (Ward, 355). This quote shows the elaborate performances that these “acid bands” put on, and how the audience was so high that the spectacle before them just added to the experience. This particular

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