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Doc: The Beatles Decade


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For American teens in the 1960s, the Beatles represented the dawn of unrestrained excitement and parental rejection, a time when screaming, long hair, loud music, risque fashion, snarky humor and drugs mocked authority and convention. But through a British lens, the Fab Four were something more—an escape from glum parents, a bleak economy, a class-conscious society and a country still bound by stuffy tradition and set ways. Yesterday I found a fascinating multi-part documentary on the Beatles and the 1960s as viewed from the British perspective. Here's The Beatles Decade:

Here's Part 1: Teenage Rebels...

Here's Part 2: Sex, Spies and Rock and Roll...

Here's Part 3: Swinging Britain...

(Part 4 has been muted over a rights issue.)

And here's Part 5: The Party Is Over...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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