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Are we witnessing the final generation of Beatles fans?
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Before my son could walk I'd set him up in one of those bungee jump things you fit into a door frame. He'd have a bounce or two to the mixture of  music  playing. However, I noticed that when 'Yellow Submarine' came on a beaming smile lit up his face and his bouncing went ballistic. The more familiar he became with the song the more he enjoyed it. I put this down, with fatherly pride to an excellent taste in music………genetic of course. That was 14 years ago………….Now he's mastered most of their songs on guitar including a faithful rendition of 'Blackbird' So he's hooked.

 

These days I live in Thailand. A friend's 7 yr old Thai daughter has become transfixed by the Beatles. It began one morning on the way to school her father had played the Beatles '1' video in the car………The next day and everyday since she's asked for it. Yesterday I gave her the 'Yellow Submarine video' she couldn't wait to watch it……..So that was Christmas Day viewing sorted for one little Thai girl. 

Youngsters will 'catch' the Beatles forever. I'm certain. What a legacy!!

 

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There's an attraction to The Beatles that reaches beyond just their music.  Every generation has felt it.  Many have admitted it.  Just as many have fully submitted to it.  I think it's because of this that they will continue to have an impact on anyone who is introduced to them.

Kids today reel when they hear music from the 60's and the 70's; they're impressed and some even complain about the state of music today compared to what their parents got to grow up with.  But it's when they witness these artists that they're impacted fully.  The larger-than-life Rock Gods.

As plentiful as they are, none have yet equaled The Beatles.  Maybe one day...

As George Martin once said, upon meeting them (and I paraphrase) he was immediately at ease around them, they made him feel... peaceful.

I don't know what it is, but that's exactly the sentiment I felt and others have expressed.  I think it's the reason for Beatlemania and the reason for their demise as a group.  Who could live with that?

Call it what you want; an alignment of the stars, a chemical mixture of the right proportions, the perfect blend of talent and charisma, whatever.  It cannot be limited by generations, it has no specific period of time.  When it happens, it becomes a fixture in social history and I believe these people and their legacy will live through the years ahead.

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I'm 13 and I love the Beatles, as well as other rock n roll bands like the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Beach Boys, etc. Some of my friends do too but not many. The music most people my age listen to is not, in my opinion, real music.

My dad put on the Beatles for my to hear since I was 1 year old, and all my early memories have Sergeant Pepper, Revolver, and Help songs in the background.  

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"Look! a cyclops!" "Can't be its got two eyes" "Must be a bicyclops then" -Yellow Submarine 

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Short answer: No, we are not.

 

Personally, even though I admit that the Internet has certainly affected the way that people consume music, I tend to find claims that "the album is dying" to be a tad exaggerated.  I still think that it'll be quite some time before albums disappear completely.  Certain hardcore fans of a band will WANT deep cuts.  Some people (not even necessarily hardcore fans, even) prefer deep cuts to hits, myself often included.  And, furthermore, hardcore fans of a band (I don't necessarily mean The Beatles) will want something physical for the "collecting" aspect.  That's why many bands still produce vinyl alongside the CD release.  In fact, if you want to know the truth, as a twenty-two-year-old, I (almost) never download music, not even legally, unless...

1. The artist does not legally offer it, i.e. bootlegs.  It's better to not pay for music that isn't offered legally than to pay someone who played no role in it's creation.

2. There is no physical version of it released, which is rare, even these days.

3. The artist/label offers it for for free.

Now, since I got off on a tangent that's only semi-related (in fact, the more I read it back, the more off-topic it seems to me), I'll get back to actually commenting on the original post.  As far as the part about not knowing Beethoven by heart, Beethoven and The Beatles are entirely different musically.  To illustrate my point, here is the Allmusic profile of Beethoven.  Look at the average song lengths.  Beatles songs are much more bite-sized than that.  The reason that many people don't know Beethoven or [insert classical composer here] by heart is because most people don't have the attention span to listen to something so long and with such consistent instrumentation as that.

Also, I think statements such as "Albums will be quaint retro to them.  Most of their music will be digested digitally in the form of singles" somewhat overgeneralize and homogenize an entire generation.

Sorry, I've been writing too many essays lately.

Maybe I'm just too optimistic, though.

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