Beatlemania is a term that originated during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward the British band The Beatles during the early years of their success.
Hello from the land of the Queen, Yorkshire pudding (which I am yet to try) and cloudy skies. The other weekend we took a trip to Liverpool as part of a uni trip. Liverpool, home of the Beatles and of a number of great museums and art galleries. Voted one of the top tourist attractions in Liverpool, the Beatles museum was quite a wonderful collection and historical representation of Beatles memorabilia.
As well as admiring the unique relationship that existed between the four of them, I was struck by how The Beatles, as icons, really resonated with the young people of the time, a resonance which remains with people today. I’m sure a number of us either heard Beatles songs as a young child or through our parent’s old records or cassette tapes. It was quite exciting to somewhat relive the moments of Beatlemania; from not having enough money to buy their own guitars, to recording their first hit and to witnessing the moments of mass hysteria of fans in Australia, American or anywhere else in the world.
What struck me the most, was that, these four young lads from Liverpool, changed the world. The Beatles, whether it was through their music or their characters, literally captured the hearts of millions of people, regardless of race, language or background. Initially the underdog, these four young boys were pushed to the top, arguably not just with their own talents, but through the belief and the support of the managers, fans and producers who fell in love with their music.
So, who’s going to be the next world changer?