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Week 5: GASP 31: Critical Popular Music Studies

by: Joseph Lim

Week 5: GASP 31: Critical Popular Music Studies ARTS 031

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These notes covers the impact of Beatlemania on the youth who were rebellious to the adult world at the time.
Critical Popular Music Studies
Emily Gale
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Music History, Beatles
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Joseph Lim on Friday September 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ARTS 031 at University of California - Merced taught by Emily Gale in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Critical Popular Music Studies in Arts and Humanities at University of California - Merced.

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Beatlemania Notes  Beatlemania o The first mass outburst of the 1960s featuring girls who were yet to reach  adulthood and influenced the emergence of a political movement for women’s  liberation. o Sexual references had doubled between 1950 and 1960. o Teens were supposed to be seen as good and pure and to be the enforces of purity  within their teen society.  They instead abandoned control to scream and faint in mobs to protests  sexual repressiveness.   Beatlemania Craze o Beatlemania struck in force of a social movement.  o Began in England in the London Palladium 13 October 1963. o Greeted by many girls in Heathrow Airport   Police in London and Birmingham could not guarantee the band’s safe  escort as many fans could have crushed them to death.  Beatlemania in US o Prior to the Beatles coming to America President Kennedy was assassinated 2  months before. o At least 4000 girls greeted them in Kennedy Airport and kept them occupied in  Plaza Hotel. o Security guards were needed during their 23 city tour and made it difficult for the  Beatles to be safely escorted.   Beatlemania grew to a type of religious idolatry. o Last musical concert was in 1966­ the first time musical celebrities were driven  from the stage of their own fans.  Pre­Beatlemania o Beatlemania easily surpassed all previous outbreaks of star centered hysteria.  Frank Sinatra in the 1940s.  Elvis Presley in the 1950s. o Only a small proportion of fans ever got into shrieking distance of their idols.  These girl would obsessively make merchandise over them.  Beatlemania Epidemic o Adults saw the craze as an epidemic. o Blacks were disdainful of their derivative and unpolished sound.  o There seemed to be no cure to this and the shortcut to recovery was not easy.  A group in LA was formed to offer therapy called Beatlesaniacs Ltd. o People were baffled of the explanation for this type of mania during America that  was prided in post­McCarthy maturity, racial segregation, and porverty.  Beatlemania Explanations o The New York Times based their explanation on Theodor Adorno in which David Dempsy were conforming.   Adorno had said that the jiggerbug dance was a way of expressing their  desire to ovey in which they needed to subsume themselves into the mass  to turn into an insect.   Dempsy added that a “beatle” was to lose one’s identity and become  consumed to the mass.  The Beatle’s music was more frantic in a animal type way that made it  compelling which caused the girl to scream, weep, and flip.  o Variety speculated that the phenomenon was closely linked to a current wave od  racial rioting.   It was a conformity to an imperative that overruled adult mores and and  even adult laws.  A form of protest from the adult world.  Sexual Repression o Freud speculated that part of the fan’s energy was sexual.   Phycologists were wary of this and American adults did not believe  young girls had any sexual feelings to repress.   One unnamed Phycologist’s said that during this phase, girls go through a period of emotional and physical growth in which they need to expressive themselves and do this by screaming which is seen as a release of sexual  energy.   o It was rebellious for young fans to lay claim to sexual feelings and even more  rebellious to claim the active, desiring side of a sexual attraction in which the  Beatles were the objects and the girls were the pursuers.  o Rock N Roll made mass hysteria almost inevitable as it announced and ratified  teen sexuality and then amplified teen sexual frustration  Hysteria was key to the marketing of the Beatles. o Young women were still frightened of the idea of having sex and therefore felt  safer worshiping idols.  o The Beatles constructed sex more generously and playfully in which their vision  was sexuality freed from the shadow of gender inequality. 


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