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  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    The Beatles’ ambiguous status was part of their appeal and their power. Fans saw them as “kids” and related to them as such; but they also saw them as “adults” with adult authority. This dual-perception added to the Beatles’ power as role models, making the film a significant factor in the band’s consolidation of cultural influence.
    Note: Role models, yes, but don't underestimate the significance of the music they were creating.
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    Fans saw that these guys didn’t have to go anywhere to have fun; they somehow brought the fun with them.
    Note: So obvious.
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    It was important to be identifiable as a Beatle fan—to tell the world you were part of this new thing; that you were a Beatle celebrant. Short hair on boys became unacceptable, not cool. Parents, father’s especially, were disturbed by this. They didn’t want their sons looking effeminate and thought they looked silly. Perhaps the hair triggered fears their sons were or could become homosexual—an unthinkable nightmare in 1964. Also, if your son walks around with long hair, it reflects badly on you as a parent—it means your son has become a “nonconformist.” Parents found this unsettling...
    Note: We've come a very long way.
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    The camera finds an enraptured girl who couldn’t have been more than ten or eleven; her rapture nuanced with just a touch of “What is this?” Another girl, perhaps a year or two older, is physically moved with joy after the first “woo.” After the final woo, the camera finds another girl, a year or two older again, maybe fifteen or sixteen. She’s got a Leslie Gore flip, a Peter Pan collar, and a post-woo glow. A woman several seats away, old enough to be her mother, is equally delighted.
    Note: "A post-woo glow"?
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    Monday Morning Though the word “Beatlemania” may seem trite so many decades after the fact, the significance of the phenomenon it describes becomes clear if we think of it as the moment tens of millions of children and adolescents began a six-year odyssey toward their adulthoods, with the Beatles at their side, or, more accurately, in their ears, eyes, brains, minds, and spirit. It was the beginning of the lifelong connection fans still feel with the Beatles and with other fans. It was a “big bang” moment in which Beatle fans were born; the moment “Beatle fan” became a key ingredient...
    Note: Hello. My name is Fred and I have been a Beatle fan since I was 5.
(Kernersville, NC United States)
Fred Lugar