1. This program begins with a short film overview of news events and popular music from 1963. Following President Kennedy's assassination, Ed Sullivan introduces The Beatles on American television. Scenes of excited fans, Beatles performance clips and hit songs lead into the author presentation.
2. Dave Schwensen gives insights into cultural changes affected by The Beatles from the perspective of American teenagers in 1964. This is done in a humorous and fun manner since Dave is also a professional comedy coach, speaker and humorist.
3. Discussion of The Beatles and their influence on music, fashion, attitudes and the generation gap between teenagers and adults in the mid 1960s. Hair was longer, skirts were shorter - and parents didn't often approve. Their musical influences can be traced to American rock & roll, rhythm & blues, Motown, country and bluegrass.
4. Short film of a 1964 Beatles concert. Extremely rare color footage of police stopping the performance due to overexcited fan reaction. Includes comments from John Lennon, an angry politician denouncing The Beatles and fan interviews.
5. Dave describes attending a Beatles concert with his parents in 1966 and shares insights detailed in his books The Beatles At Shea Stadium and The Beatles In Cleveland from promoters, journalists, radio deejays, fans and others.
6. Short film of The Beatles performing during their final tour in 1966 as excited fans climb onto the stage and once again forcing police to stop the show. Security for stadium shows was much different than today and the group could not be protected in public. As an example, a segment of this film shows a fan slapping Paul McCartney across the face as he runs off the stage - and is replayed in slow motion, frame by frame as a reason why The Beatles had to stop performing live. This is the same concert attended by Dave with his parents.
7. If there is adequate time at the end of the program, questions are always welcome (and encouraged!)
1. Understand news events and popular culture from the perspective of young teenagers in the early 1960's. Topics include The Cold War, Civil Rights, Mercury Space Program, and end of the Kennedy Administration.
2. Give examples of popular music and artists in America during 1963 and the sudden change in both marked by The Beatles arrival in America.
3. Discuss the impact and changes The Beatles had on American teenagers in terms of music, fashion and attitudes.
4. Build an understanding of popular music from one generation to another. Explain how earlier forms of American music influenced The Beatles.
5. Describe the experience of seeing The Beatles live in concert during the height of their popularity in North America.
NA-M.K-5.7 Evaluating Music and Music Performances
NA-M.K-5.8 Understanding Relationships Between Music, the Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
NA-M.K-5.9 Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
NSS-USH.5-12.9 ERA 9: POSTWAR UNITED STATES (1945 TO EARLY 1970s)