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Title: “The Age of the Beatles”: parliament and popular music in 1960s Britain
Authors: Collins, Marcus
Keywords: The Beatles
Popular Music
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: COLLINS, M., 2013. 'The Age of the Beatles': parliament and popular music in 1960s Britain. Contemporary British History, 27 (1), pp. 85–107.
Abstract: This article examines how the unprecedented popularity and symbolic power of the Beatles forced politicians in Britain to attend to popular music in the 1960s. It argues that parliamentarians were ill-equipped to comprehend not only the Beatles but also the new social forces with which they were associated. They reacted with a mixture of jocularity, partisan point-scoring and earnest debates over art, class, youth and the state. Their general bewilderment testified to how the 1960s ‘cultural revolution’ exceeded the limits of the knowable and actionable in Westminster.
Description: Closed access. This article was published in the journal, Contemporary British History [© Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2012.722346
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/13619462.2012.722346
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12155
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2012.722346
ISSN: 1361-9462
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