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John Lennon And The Beatles: A Cultural Revolution

Term Paper Title: John Lennon And The Beatles: A Cultural Revolution
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John Lennon and the Beatles: A Cultural Revolution


                                                                                                                    


Period 2 World History


4/4/04


            John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.  As a teenager he grew up and learned to play the guitar very well.  As he got into his late teens, he met Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.  The Beatles became a huge hit in the UK, and on their first trip to the US they were welcomed by hundreds of thousands of fans (Wright, pg. 23.)  But that’s not what I’m here to tell you about.  I’m here to tell you about how John Lennon, sometimes with the Beatles, revolutionized the world.


            The Beatles are often called the first of their kind.  This is true, if you take a good look back into the 1960’s.  Musicians were often kept to themselves, and the presented themselves onstage in a formal kind of manner.  When the Beatles came, they showed the world a whole new type of rock.  Melodic guitar parts and lyrics that got stuck in your head for weeks was the new wave of music, as shown with such artists as Elvis Presley.  Not only did you hear a difference in their music, but also how they looked…and acted…on stage.  Most of the time they dressed to impress in their collarless suits, a whole new fashion statement to the world.  And if you ever went to a show, they often did what other performers didn’t.  Smoking, conversing, smashing things around…this was all new to the world of music and it caught on.  Bands such as the Who and the Doors often did these kinds of actions on stage, and it pleased the crowds a whole lot (Concord, pg. 31.)


            The Beatles not only revolutionized the world of music, but also the world of style and appearance, too.  The one thing a lot of people noticed about the Beatles was their hair.  All four of the boys sported grown out mop-tops, which was usually a big no-no.  But hey, this was the Beatles, and what they say and do, goes.  As said before, their collarless suits were a big hit.  Many men would sport them to both formal and casual occasions.  The Beatles made formalwear casual, and the world picked up on that (Wright, pg. 37.)  


            Lennon was also known for his revolutionary anti-war efforts and ways of spreading the idea of peace.  When he married his last wife, Yoko Ono, they went on a honeymoon to Buenos Aires.  They did their first conference with the press in their bed, with a sign saying “Peace.”  Lennon and Ono were a ...

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