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Effect of Beatles on the world.....
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Your best bet is to read something like Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathon Gould as that analyses the effect the beatles had on the US and UK and vice versa. Its a really good book, altho can get a little heavy going at time, and it may take you awhile. Really worth it tho.

There is also a bbc programme called How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin which looks into the whole Beatles/U.S.S.R. story. Part 1 is here (on youtube) and the other parts are in the menu on the right of the screen.

 

As for the effect they had, it would take ages to go into it all as they completely altered how music was recorded, released and identified with (eg albums being more than 2 hit singles and 10 rehashes, songs written by the bands themselves, recording techniques, sound effects, Automatic Double Tracking, album covers being a piece of art) as well as encouraging people to express themselves more freely. I cant remember who said it but one of the beatles said they werent the ones bringing the changes about, more that they were in the crows nest leading the way.

 There really is no quick answer. Tho im sure folks here will post.

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John was one of many calling for peace and the end to war, he (and Yoko) just happened to be upfront and at times the loudest. They werent the first and it wasnt because of their involvement the Vietnam war ended or anything really changed.

To be honest i dont think any of Johns 1968 - 1972/3 campaigns achieved anything apart from one anthem (Give Peace A Chance) being written. Arent there quotes from John saying they (all the stunts and marches etc) were, looking back, unachieving (is that a word?).

Theres the Trancendental Medition (TM) chapter that brought it more into the public's eye but again it didnt have a massive effect apart from The Maharishiand (& TM) got a lot of publicity and he became a minor celebrity for a while.

So maybe the effect was that the Beatles encouraged people to open their minds to other influences and ways of thinking.

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A link to a wikipedia article on the beatles influence on popular culture. Its mostly about music but there are a few sections on fashion but its mostly entertainment (music, tv etc).

Also found a thesis called The Beatles and Their Influence on Popular Culture tho im not sure if its on the US or UK or both - its 45 pages long!

Hoopefully they are of some use.

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After thinking, they did (or George did) champion one thing: the celebrity rock benefit. And actually, I was provoked. I was on Arcade Fire's Facebook page (didn't think to 'Like' them till now), and as I looked at old wall posts, I saw two posts saying in essence "Carry on the legacy of George - download today - all profits go to {insert charity here}". Honestly, I am shocked. From the leading indie band of this generation, to say on its Facebook page to a.) Buy a George Harrison album and b) completely acknowledge that he is the trailblazer for what they do (they do massive amounts of work in Haiti, even before the earthquake. As early as 2004, they wrote a song called, simply, Haiti) is a little surprising for me. And they even just say George - only Harrison at the beginning. Thanks, or should I say Merci.
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What about movies? I suppose there are lots of movies inspired by Beatles or including some aspects of Beatles, but a really recent example would be "Norwegian Wood", a Japanese film. I haven't seen it yet, but besides the title its plot seems to have taken some elements from the song.

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