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News-Antique.com - Sep 04,2007 - Sept. 4, 2007— The Beatles put to music the hopes, dreams and angst of an entire generation. They were more than just a new band with a new sound. They were a cultural phenomenon. Once Beatlemania struck the world, it was never quite the same again.
“They gave me such a feeling of happiness,” said one fan. “They captured me as a girl and I’m trapped forever. They put a spell on me that has never been broken.”
She wasn’t the only one. The Beatles led the mid-1960s musical "British Invasion” into the United States. When the Liverpool rock band performed on Ed Sullivan's popular CBS network variety show in February 1964 an estimated 73-million people watched. When the group performed in New Orleans, 200 fans collapsed in the heat. In Kansas and Cleveland concerts had to be stopped midway in order to calm the hysterical crowd.
All over the world hundreds of teenagers slept in the streets overnight waiting for box-offices to open for upcoming Beatles shows. When tickets finally went on sale, crowds surged forward breaking through police cordons, sending countless fans to the hospital.
Journalist Tom Wolfe said the last semblance of adult control over music vanished with The Beatles. He was right. The Beatles honest and innovative sound made the world stop, at least in the moment, and think.
“We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship,” John Lennon said.
The Beatles gave new meaning to the word fad. With their popularity came an unbelievable wave of products. This included everything from dolls, magazines and bubble gum cards to sweatshirts, coloring books and drinking glasses.
Baby boomers and even younger people are big collectors of Beatle memorabilia now. With cash in hand many are looking for alternative investments.
On April 26, 2007, Christie’s, South Kensington, featured Beatle memorabilia in its Rock and Pop Memorabilia auction. A ticket envelope; Pan-Am Airlines; signed by all four Beatles sold for $26,466.
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