Saturday, February 04, 2023

Beatles Satire from 1966

In 1966, John Lennon made a remark to an old friend in an English interview that, while ostensibly true, got him in a heap of trouble in the Bible Belt of the USA when it was later reprinted in the US and excerpted out of context. 
Some newspapers were quick to join the attacks on the Fab 4 in general and John in particular. Across the country, rallies were formed to burn Beatle records and many teenagers and disc jockeys who were major fans just months earlier were now ready to gleefully destroy them. 

The great humorist Art Buchwald, however, saw this trend for how bizarre and manipulative it actually was and wrote and published this satire in his column. It likely went over the heads of those most concerned about it, but when this was published, REVOLVER had just come out and SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND was less than a year away.

By that point, even those who wanted to burn the LPs were likely buying them again!


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