By Joel Benjamin
Today is the 50th anniversary of the day the Beatles first entered our world when they appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The-long overdue question that we’ve never asked is: What was the meaning and reason behind their historical phenomenon and legacy?
While everyone knows Beatles music is amazing, there is virtually nothing written in the popular press or discussed in any public forum on the Beatles as a historical phenomenon and how they impacted the world in the last 50 years.
The Beatles were historical figures and a unique historical phenomenon, where they are of the past but very much part of our lives day-to-day.
The music – the only aspect of their legacy most people know about them – is not even the main feature. The question is what exactly was the historical phenomenon of the Beatles really about? Why were they there as a part of our world? From where did it come?
We understand what the music is, how it was recorded, how it sounds and its widespread popularity. The problem is we know nothing other than the standard, historical narrative.
The Beatles influenced and impacted various aspects of late 20th century western society, including globalization, the generation gap, the environment, spirituality, the gender revolution, fashion, the environment, geography, religion, political and personal freedom, global stock markets, film, art and even the fall of Communism.
On a more spiritual level, the Beatles represented a complete whole – a perfect unified state of being. They were not only of one musically, but also on the physical level as one.
They were four humans who came together as one. It can be a “Beatle song” or a “Beatles song.” They represented the very essence of the beauty and marvel of the theological concept (in all religions) of oneness and unity. They personified the very term “community” as they demonstrated how it is better that people cooperate with each other for the better common good.
Today the Beatles are deeply ingrained into the very DNA of four generations of people. Despite the commonly held view that “we know everything” about their story, in fact, we know absolutely nothing about what was the reason and meaning behind their legacy. We never asked about it. Period. We just listened – enjoyed – but looked no further.
What have we ever done to publicly appreciate the Beatle legacy? In 50 years there has never been a magazine that appreciates and studies their music or historical legacy. No public appreciation of thanks for what they gave us. There is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – but no Beatles Hall of Fame.
Joel Benjamin has written a 15-volume research study on the Beatles that can be viewed at www.ArjonPublishing.com.