Back in 1971, a high-school friend and fellow geek, John Harshman, loaned me a couple of Beatles LPs. He told me, “You gotta listen to this stuff!”
I said, “I heard that band back in the early sixties playing on the Ed Sullivan TV show — I think the song was ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’; they’re still playing?”
I was a bit out of touch with popular culture back then — mostly reading novels and writing in my journal.
I was particularly impressed by this early song, which incorporated so many American pop and folk influences:
I listened to the LPs (“Magical Mystery Tour” and “Sgt. Pepper’s”) and realized that the Beatles were a cultural force of nature. Just impeccable song-writing and playing. I really don’t think we’ve seen the like since then. But perhaps you have — any suggestions?