American Rock Music And The Culture Of America Essay

1446 Words May 24th, 2015 6 Pages
In 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney in grammar school; they instantly became friends over a shared love of music. Within the next 5 years, they would form the most successful band of all time: The Beatles. The world was about to change musically and culturally. Soon, other bands began to rise to fame: Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and The Who. All bands would one day be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath, all major British rock bands, have changed the American pop culture, specifically American rock music and the culture of America. George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr landed in America after a flight from Britain in 1964 to play a few shows in America (Szatmary 105). The band was selling quantities of records that had never seemed imaginable in America. The Beatles were so popular that they felt intimidated and scared when they first arrived in America. The band was going to play in front of 724 people, mostly teenage girls, on the Ed Sullivan Show. Some 50,000 people waited in line to try to get tickets, but only 724 were successful (Szatmary 105). Even though the band was changing American teens and some young adults, they felt scared and uncomfortable in America because of all the stardom. They also felt very pressured due to high expectations of the band (Szatmary 105). The band had created a cult following; men began to dress like…

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