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Beatles Music Songs of the Counterculture The 1960s are thought of by many to be the most eventful and changing decade in the history of America In this time period there was much excitement as well as turmoil in America caused by many factors including the charismatic leadership of John F Kennedy black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr protesting for civil rights and Malcolm X preaching black superiority and violence Indians protesting women petitioning for equal treatment religion being taken out of public schools the abortion issue burning people protesting war and many other events The country was changing and doing so rapidly as a growing counterculture was rising among the largest group of adolescents America had ever seen In this decade the music of The Beatles fueled and enhanced the fast-growing counterculture and came at a perfect time when America needed them most When Kennedy was assassinated after the air of excitement he had caused the country was shocked and somewhat depressed as rumors of war added to this sad time in America The country needed an emotional lift and weeks later the Beatles showed up They were upbeat exciting longhaired and hopped right into the waiting arms of the American music scene with hits like Love Me Do Please Please Me and I Wanna Hold Your Hand By April of 1964 the top five singles in the US were all Beatles songs Wilfred Mellers a Professor of Music at the University of York wrote the Beatles in common with other geniuses such as Bach Mozart Beethoven knew the right time and place to be born Kurt Loder of Time Magazine wrote their overflowing gift for songcraft harmony and instrumental excitement their spiffy suits and nifty haircuts their bright quips and ready
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