The creative side of The Beatles

Of course, The Beatles are one of the biggest rock bands or the biggest to walk this Earth. They have influenced pretty much every musician directly or indirectly. So here are some of the bright creative side of The Beatles, doing things they are best at, exploring and innovating.

  1. Abbey Road
    The album cover of Abbey Road [1]

    The album cover for Abbey Road is a piece of art. It’s simply an act of the four Beatles crossing a street with a few trees and cars in the background at Abbey Road, Liverpool outside the EMI Studio by Iain Macmillan at 11:30 in the morning. The Beatles have influenced way too many people to copy this act and made the zebra crossing at Abbey Road in Liverpool one popular tourist destination. Many people still imitate the cover in movies, music videos or by walking themselves. The picture was taken on August 8, 1969. Paul McCartney came to the photo shoot on flip-flops on the day the picture was taken and decided to walk barefoot triggering some unnecessary controversy about the bassist dying and being replaced by someone else. Hillarious.

    The album itself is a masterpiece with songs like “Come Together”, “Octopuses Garden”, “Here Comes The Son” and “Something” being one of my favorite Beatles tunes.

  2. Rooftop Concert
    The Beatles in their famous roof-top concert [2]

    Maybe some other popular groups like U2 and Red Hot Chilli Peppers tried to cover up this act of free music, but it was The Beatles who did it first and did not feature in any of their music videos. This was the last time that the Beatles ever performed in together in public as a band. It was performed on 30 January 1969 on the roof of Apple Headquarters at 3 Savile Row for 42 minutes. They performed five songs in nine takes which include “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “One After 909” and “Dig a Pony”. The Beatles performed for free and the cops shut them down. How disappointing.

  3. Bed-Ins for Peace
    John Lennons Bed-In for peace with Yoko Ono [3]

    For 2 weeks, John Lennon and Yoko Ono made a protest by staying in bed for a whole two weeks in Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and in Montreal to protest against the Vietnam War. I see this as brilliance. Besides singing songs like “Revolution” with The Beatles, “Give Peace A Chance” and the most revolutionary peace-seeking song “Imagine” later on in his solo career, this was another non-violent way in which John Lennon made a protest for peace in a peaceful way. It took place from March 25 and 31, 1969. They had world media to cover them from 9 AM to 9 PM with “Hair Peace” and “Bed Peace” signs to promote their message of peace.

  4. Exploring the Eastern Culture
    The Beatles and family with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rishikesh [4]

    The Beatles did not tour to India but made a visit to Rishikesh, India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in February 1968. They went on a journey to learn of the Eastern Culture. They attended the to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session on an originally planned 10 days visit cut short by the death of their manager George Martin. Their visit to India promoted Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and encouraged the study of Transcendental Meditation. Though they had to leave early, the Beatles collaborated with the Maharishi later on for benefits concerts and so on. You can see some direct influences of the visit in popular songs like “Within You, Without You”, “Norwegian Wood”, “The Inner Light” and “Across The Universe”. Later on in their individual careers, they still had great influences of Indias visit in them.

  5. Hair For Men

    The Beatles: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Srarr [5]

    The Beatles were handsome boys from Liverpool touring with their rockability and The Beatles gigs would often smell like piss because of women peeing in excitement. In time, these handsome well shaved and properly trimmed boys promoted hair for men. The hair didn’t turn them ugly but rather turned them into sages. They turned rough hair into fashion influencing the next generation to copy them and also promoting the hippies and experimentation with drugs. Still, I don’t think they did anything wrong.

  6. Music Videos

    The music video for “I Am The Walrus” which the Beatles performed without any clear message in the song [6]

    You know how ridiculous the music videos of the 2000’s are. They’re videos of rich artists having fun or showing everything that does not go with the lyrics or make any sense. It was The Beatles who made videos like these first. The  video to “Paperback Writer/Rain” was the first in which the music video wasn’t all about the artists performing live. If it wasn’t from them, music videos would probably make sense.

    Matter of fact, there is countless other ways in which The Beatles beat the barrier to become an expressive group, experimenting with various studio techniques and so on. Yet these are some of the well-known things perhaps which I wanted to share. I hope I’ll present to you more facts about The Beatles soon enough. Till then, keep the Beatlemania going.

    References:
    1. Manik Music, Image copied from: [https://manikmusic.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/beatles-abbey-road-album.jpg]
    2. Image copied from: [http://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-dd-bc/wkqtd627/folder/986798/47/23053347/img_2?1376553115]
    3. Image copied from: [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a3/Bed-In_for_Peace,_Amsterdam_1969_-_John_Lennon_%26_Yoko_Ono_07.jpg/1024px-Bed-In_for_Peace,_Amsterdam_1969_-_John_Lennon_%26_Yoko_Ono_07.jpg]
    4. CHOM.com, Image copied from: [http://www.chom.com/Pics/PhotoAlbums/147348/4/beatles-at-rishikesh__900W.Jpeg]
    5. Noise Made Me Do It, Image copied from: [http://www.noisemademedoit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/beatles-5-700×466.jpg]
    6. Video source: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r52ZBx0KMI]

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