On the Beat

February 8, 2014

The parents said, “Nah nah nah”

Beatles hatred in 1964 was, in retrospect, just so much wishful thinking

So unless you’ve been completely unplugged from all media lately, you already know that Sunday marks the 50-year annivesary of the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” - which launched “Beatlemania” in America and unofficially kicked off the ’60s. Exhaustive, comprehensive retrospectives have already appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone and other publications. And just to try and avoid doing the same story as everyone else, I took a different tack: Revisiting some of the nasty, nay-saying reviews that the Beatles got in the mainstream press of 1964. And if you don’t remember that, you’re not the only one because it’s one of many things glossed over since then.

The story from Sunday’s paper is here. We also have an accompanying photo gallery; and I even did an accompanying video, because I have a face for radio.

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