How Did The Beatles Influence Popular Culture

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The Beatles are best known to be legends in pop and rock and roll culture. They were unafraid to experiment with their music and were able to create some of the best songs of all time. Though they were only active for ten years, their passion and innovative mindset influenced many musicians of future generations. According to the Rolling Stone’s The Beatles Biography, “No band has influenced pop culture the way the Beatles have. They were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century, let alone the Sixties” (“Rolling Stone”, 2014). Rock and roll, developed during the late 1940s to 1950s (Wikipedia, 2014) was still a relatively new compared to other genres such as jazz and country, yet it had immense popularity amongst teenagers. Being teenagers themselves, the early Beatles’ were heavily influenced by rock and roll culture, especially by artists such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Their music also contained traces of gospel, rhythm and…show more content…
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was banned by BBC because the reference to LSD in the title (the first letter of each capitalized words spelled LSD) and its lyrics. John Lennon claimed that the song was about Alice in Wonderland and was inspired by his son Julian’s, drawing of his classmate and was “not an acid song”. In a 2004 interview, Paul McCartney revealed that it was true that the song was about LSD: “‘Day tripper’ he says, ‘that’s one about acid. ‘Lucy in the Sky,’ that’s pretty obvious. There’s others that make subtle hints about drugs, but, you know, it’s easy to overestimate the influence of drugs on the Beatle’s music’” (The Weekly Standard, 2004). Even so, the album in which “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was in, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, topped the album charts of both the U.K and U.S and won four Grammy Awards in 1968 (Wikipedia,

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