The History of Rock and Roll: Jess Doll
After watching clips of the Beatles first arrival to the United States, I now realize what one observer from Steven Spark's "The British Are Coming" experienced when he/she said, "I've never heard a sound so painful to the ear, loud and shrill. It was like standing next to a jet engine. It physically hurt," (referring to the screeches of anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 females). The supposed "good and pure" teenage girls of the 1960s greeted the Beatles with open arm...and mouths. There seems to be multiple causes of "Beatlemania". First, roles of women were changing and advertisements were portraying a more sexual woman. Secondly, the woman's liberation movement could have inspired this craze.
Whatever the cause was, it seems to me that in the eyes of those screaming girls, the Beatles were heartthrobs first and musicians second. Whenever interviewed, the psychotic fan would merely scream how much they loved so and so. In addition, the Beatles could not even hear themselves at concerts because the screams were so loud, thus the Beatles lyrics could not have been very important to the fans.
While it seems as though the teen girls may have loved the beetles for their looks, the film" The History of Rock and Roll" proved that the Beatles were more than just a pretty face. For example, many accredited musicians recognized the Beatles for their musical accomplishments, including them as a top contributor in the history of rock and roll. Bono, a successful musician, referred to the Beatles as "A gift from God." While men walked the streets wearing Beatles wings and women fantasized about the group day and night, maybe John Lennon was not so far off base at the time when he stated (jokingly), " We are Bigger than God."