Watch Kids’ Priceless Reactions to Hearing the Timeless Music of The Beatles

Yes­ter­day, John McMil­lian, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of his­to­ry at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­si­ty, appeared on KQED’s Forum in San Fran­cis­co (lis­ten here) to talk about his new book Bea­t­les vs. Stones. It offers a new look at how the two British bands co-exist­ed, often helped one anoth­er, and strate­gi­cal­ly defined them­selves against each oth­er. The Bea­t­les were every­man’s band. Whole­some, clean-cut, wit­ty, the Fab Four appealed to the young and the old, the rich and the poor. The Stones, try­ing to make a name for them­selves in the wake of Beat­le­ma­nia, posi­tioned them­selves as the anti-Bea­t­les. As the jour­nal­ist Tom Wolfe once wrote, “The Bea­t­les want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town.”

50 years lat­er, The Bea­t­les still have a near­ly uni­ver­sal appeal. The Boomers and their now mid­dle-aged chil­dren haven’t let dust gath­er on The Bea­t­les’ discog­ra­phy. And, if you plunk the grand­chil­dren in front of old Bea­t­les’ videos, they’ll love what they see. Just watch above.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Bea­t­les: Unplugged Col­lects Acoustic Demos of White Album Songs (1968)

Flash­mob Per­forms The Bea­t­les’ ‘Here Comes the Sun’ in Madrid Unem­ploy­ment Office

The Bea­t­les Per­form in a Spoof of Shakespeare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, 1964

A Short Film on the Famous Cross­walk From the Bea­t­les’ Abbey Road Album Cov­er

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  • brother lee love says:

    The Bea­t­les are the most over rat­ed band in his­to­ry. If Lennon had­n’t have been shot in 1980 they would have dis­ap­peared by now. Yeah they were pop­u­lar. Yeah they sold loads of records. Yeah they wrote some good songs. But the deifi­ca­tion of them is mis­placed and ridicu­lous. Pop­u­lar does not equal qual­i­ty.

  • NAN752 says:

    I real­ly loved the results…50 years later…great!!!

  • David Makin says:

    One direc­tion ?? They don’t write and they don’t play — like most oth­er mod­ern “boy” and “girl” bands. The Bea­t­les are sim­ply the biggest influ­ence on pop-music ever close­ly fol­lowed by the Stones, the Kinks (if you ask actu­al musi­cians), Led Zep­pelin, Pink Floyd and lat­er David Bowie, Elton John and Queen.

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