Why are The Beatles commonly regarded as the most important band ever?


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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here are some of the reasons why they're regarded that way:

    The Beatles inspired other artists and bands to write their own songs,They changed the artist/producer relationship in the studio,They changed the way music was made in the studio,They made an impact on pop culture that's being felt even as we speak,They made it fashionable for men to have long hair,They changed the way people perceive rock groups by not having the standard front man with backing group,They redefined what it meant to be an international celebrity,They inspired other musicians to use certain instruments and music companies to make instruments,They inspired other bands and artists to speak their minds about the relevant issues of the day,They helped to change the perception of the rock album from being a collection of songs to a work of art,They unofficially made english the language of rock and roll(thus inspiring many overseas musicians to learn english),Lennon and McCartney were among the 1st songwriters to have a stake in the publishing of their songs,They helped to inspire other rock groups to create their own record labels,They brought the music of india to the west by being the 1st Western musical act to use Indian instruments on their records,They were the ones who created music videos(though other artists like Queen,MJ,and Duran Duran perfected the art form.They used the blueprints the beatles drew up!),One of the 1st acts to take a stand for civil rights

    Need i go on...

    I think this quote from The Compleat Beatles says it better than I ever could:"It must be stoically accepted that The Beatles were in the end a phenomenon of the 60's,the 70's and beyond were only to feel their influence."

    It's been almost 50 years since The Beatles came out and 40 years since they broke up and The Beatles are still remembered,talked about,and still influencing artists to this day!

    Now to elaborate on how The Beatles took a stand on civil rights:In September of 1964,The Beatles were giving a concert in Jacksonville,FL at The Gator Bowl,Well word had gotten out to The Beatles that the audience at the concert was going to be segregated,Well The Beatles and Brian Epstein sent a letter to the venue owners stating that if this was the case that they could have their money back and that The Beatles would boycott the performance,Of course racially separating the audience was never planned,but it said a lot about The Beatles to take such a stand!Also on that same tour,at a stop in Philadelphia,The Beatles were dismayed to find the entire audience for that show(13,000)were all white!

  • frank
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    1 decade ago

    There are a lot of answers to that question. I believe a few of the reasons are...The initial popularity explosion of "Beatlemania" went a long way towards their influence not only on music, but on popular culture. People changed the way they dressed and wore their hair thanks to the Beatles. Their effect on the music industry itself is immeasurable. They were one of the first bands to force the industry to let them write their own songs. After the "pop top 40" hits (She Loves You, etc), they virtually invented the "concept album". Although Les Paul invented multi-track recording, the Beatles were the first to use it extensively, and then exclusively in the recording process. In addition, most of the effects that guitarists take for granted today in their little foot pedals were first used by the Beatles. They had a team of engineers at Apple whose jobs it was to create whatever "sound" John, Paul or George wanted from their guitar. For example, the "flange" effect in your tiny foot pedal took up a whole wall of electronics at Apple. Band touring as we know it also did not exist before the Beatles. No bands had ever played any venues the size of Shea Stadium before them, and the idea that 50,000 people would go see a band was unheard of. Brian Epstein virtually invented the job of Tour Manager....I've just touched on a few reasons, without doing into depth on any of them. If I had to pick one reason, I'd go with the recording engineering techniques that were created for the Beatles, mostly by Sir George Martin, who in my opinion was just as important as John, Paul, George, or Ringo.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they inherently changed music, and for all the time they were together, they continued to grow and develop. (Consider that they started with stuff like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and ended up with envelope-pushing songs like "I am the Walrus.") They did things nobody had done before--they didn't follow; they led

    @Severin--The funny thing about the Sgt. Pepper album, which I assume is what you're referring to, is that the Beatles themselves said the songs only went together because they said so, that, really, there wasn't anything connecting them. Had that album not come out when it did, the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" album probably would have gotten more acclaim.

  • 4 years ago

    It is determined by what is supposed by means of foremost. If by means of foremost, you imply probably the most bands that took a musical sort that used to be embraced by means of whites and blacks and made it utterly white, sure that is foremost, however the entire British invasion is dependable for that. If by means of foremost you imply probably the most bands that introduced pretentious self-value to a tune that on no account had any illusions of being whatever of the type, than sure, they're foremost for that as good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I believe they were the first band ever to create a CONCEPT ALBUM, where there was a theme unifying the songs.

    Source(s): History of Rock book
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