What’s on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? I’m excited about the Winter Olympics starting, despite NBC’s horrible coverage. (In some countries, television networks allow viewers to watch entire Olympic events from start to finish without commercial interruptions, and you can see all the competitors rather than the handful contending for medals.) The opening ceremony was spectacular, especially the holographic projections such as Peter the Great’s ship. I only wish NBC hadn’t repeatedly cut to a shot of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s smug face.
February 7 marked 50 years since the Beatles arrived in the U.S., and February 9 marks 50 years since their first live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the highest-rated television program of all time. When I haven’t been watching the Olympics, I’ve enjoyed listening to the Des Moines oldies station KIOA, which is playing wall to wall Beatles songs all weekend long. After the jump I’ve posted a few links about the Beatles in America and the British invasion. This is an open thread.
John Covach provides "Five Common Myths About The Beatles’ U.S. Invasion, 50 Years Ago."
The official Ed Sullivan website has much more background about the Beatles’ performances on tv.
The other giants of the British invasion, The Rolling Stones, were brilliantly marketed as the “bad boy” foils to the Beatles.
I enjoyed Courtney Smith’s review of a book looking at the Beatles and the Stones “Through the Lens of ’60s Politics.”