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Did Beatlemania help recover the nation from Kennedy's assassination?
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12 February 2014
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Just looking back on the time I've been here (welcome back, glad for the chance to get to know you), I remember some conversations on this topic. 1 2 3 (short mention, but you might find the thread interesting). Just thought you might find these post interesting and add some food for thought to the conversation.

18 February 2014
Von Bontee
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AliJaggerMcCartney said

Let's try this again.

As I mentioned, I'm back from the dead (offline since 2012).

The Beatles arrived in the US less than 4 months after President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. The nation was still in mourning during their arrival. The shadow of sadness began to dissipate a few months after the boys' arrival, were they responsible? 

I think this whole theory - Beatles helping *America* has become a bit of unquestioned folklore. (And intelligently covered in Jonothan Gould's well-worth-reading "Can't Buy Me Love", if you come across a copy.) Certainly a lot of young Americans succumbed to Beatlemania, and no doubt a lot of those fans had been traumatized by the assassination a few months earlier, and the Beatles gave them a reason to be happy again. But there had to be a lot of gloomy folks for whom the Beatles' arrival made them feel even worse! Like, "first our President gets shot; and now all these long-haired foreign freaks have taken over - country's going to hell in a handbasket", etc. (Or even "We Americans invented rock 'n roll, and now these limeys are doing it better than us and selling ten times as many records: America has truly lost it's way!") Also, apparently there was still a lot of misery in 1964 America, with the cold war still going strong and increasing racial unrest and all that. And really, there had to be a lot of Americans who were similarly cheered up in 1964 by, I dunno, Louis Armstrong singing "Hello, Dolly!" or by Julie Andrews in "Mary Poppins" (top-grossing film of that year) or whatever.

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