February 27, 2012

#03-015: The Fab Four

individual black-and-white photos of four young men with mop-like hair, being clockwise from top left John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison
Clockwise from top left: John, Paul, Ringo, and George

Note: In 1964, America was struck by BEATLEMANIA! In that year, the Lads from Liverpool landed on our shores. Read about them and their impact on music history.

Get Ready: Look at the picture of the Beatles above. Do you find their hairstyles shocking? Why or why not?

Akemi sees Becky in the Common Room of their dorm.

Akemi: Hi, Becky. Can I ask you a question?

Becky: Sure!

Akemi: The other day, Professor Wayne mentioned the "Fab Four" in music class. Who are they?

Becky: Well, they're also known as the "lads from Liverpool."

Akemi: Yeah?

Becky: You know, "John, Paul, George, and Ringo"?

Akemi: Not ringing any bells.

Becky: <singing> "She loves you! Yeah, yeah, yeah!" or, uh, "I wanna hold your haaand!"

Akemi: Why?

Becky: Why what?

Akemi: Why do you want to... Oh, wait... I'm starting to get it. A band... it's on the tip of my tongue... some kind of bug...

Becky: That's right, it's The Beatles!

Akemi: Oh, yeah! But it's spelled funny, right?

Becky: Yes, it's spelled with an "a," so it has "beat," like "rhythm," in it.

Akemi: So, what's the big deal? I mean, why would a professor of music mention just a rock band in class?

Becky: JUST a rock band? Oh, they were much more than that!

Akemi: How?

Becky: They were groundbreaking. Most musicologists agree that pop music can be divided into before and after the "British Invasion," not just in the U.S., but globally.

Akemi: So what did they do?

Becky: Let's see <counting on her fingers>: they were excellent musicians; their "mop-top" haircuts set the stage for the long-haired sixties; they started many trends in the music industry; and the environment they created, with screaming fans and police lines, came to be called "Beatlemania."

Akemi: Didn't Elvis do some of the same things?

Becky: Absolutely, and the Beatles acknowledged their debt to him. But they took it further.

Akemi: Hmmm. I guess I should do my homework in the "School of Rock."

Becky: Definitely. Meanwhile <singing>, "All you need is love..."


Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles

Practice: Match the term to its definition below:

  1. the "British Invasion"
  2. groundbreaking
  3. it's on the tip of my tongue
  4. Liverpool
  5. the long-haired sixties
  6. "mop-top" haircuts
  7. musicologists
  8. ring a bell
  9. the "School of Rock"
  10. what's the big deal?

  1. scholars who study music
  2. a city in England
  3. a time in the 1960s when pop performers from England, starting with the Beatles, dominated the American music market
  4. the time of hippies and other "counter-culture" types
  5. a style of longish hair made popular by the Beatles
  6. innovative; creating new ways of doing things
  7. I can almost remember it, but can't quite say it.
  8. the name of a movie, and a general term for the study of rock-and-roll music and history
  9. What's so important?
  10. remind someone of something

Answers are in the first comment below.

Submitted to the Shenzhen Daily for February 27, 2012

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1 comment:

  1. Answers to the Practice: 1. c; 2. f; 3. g; 4. b; 5. d; 6. e; 7. a; 8. j; 9. h; 10. i