The Beatles And Their Music Essay

1564 Words Oct 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Whether by choice or to circumstance, Soviet Russia’s Cold War generations were born to a nuclear bomb, raised under the constant threat of war, and seemed doomed to die of the stagnation caused by their own government, until they were emancipated by a life force that was as formidable as unlikely a savior. This paper discusses the role of the Beatles and their music in the cultural, political and social unification of successive generations of Cold War Russians, and how contemporary Russia has evolved to carry with herself the revolutionary spirit of the Beatles. This paper draws upon various conversations and anecdotes that Leslie Woodhead discusses in his 2013 book ‘How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin’, and attempts to understand why millions of Russians in the 1970s and 1980s grew to hold the Beatles in almost godly revere.
As reiterated upon by various interviewees in different capacities, it is important to preface any discussion of the Beatles in the Soviet Union with a brief historical context of the country in the 1960s. Of course, it is impossible to guess whether the Beatles would have had the impact they made on another historical generation at a different point of time, but there were certainly some factors that made the mid-sixties Soviet population a “fertile ground” for the arrival of the Beatles (Woodhead, 23). The early years of the Cold War were marked by a nationwide zeal and solidarity in being Russian, as Nikita Khrushchev spearheaded Russia’s efforts…

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