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But it was the Beatles’ music that attracted their millions of new-found fans, and in April 1964, they broke all records before or since when they held all Top Five positions on the Billboard Hot 100. A major summer tour of the United States and Canada was organized, the first of three barnstorming treks across the continent that set a new standard in pop music presentation. Amid often chaotic scenes, the Beatles’ North American concerts signalled the birth of stadium rock, at the same time opening the fl oodgates for the “British Invasion” of other bands and artists which would engulf the charts in the land where rock ‘n’ roll began.
With maps, venue data, and audience figures, The Beatles in America covers all the group’s North American appearances and tours in detail, from their first two shows in New York and Washington in 1964 to their final San Francisco concert in 1966. It also traces their continuing infl uence through the late 1960s and beyond, as the most signifi cant name in the last half century of popular music, both in America and worldwide.
Posted January 17, 2014