John Lennon and the Beatles: A Cultural Revolution Essay

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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
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