Overpaid, oversexed and over there : how a few skinny brits with bad teeth rocked America.
by Hepworth, David, 1950-
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The Beatles landing in New York in February 1964 was the opening shot in a cultural revolution nobody predicted. Suddenly the youth of the richest, most powerful nation on earth was trying to emulate the music, manners and the modes of a rainy island that had recently fallen on hard times.
The resulting fusion of American can-do and British fuck-you didn't just lead to rock and roll's most resonant music. It ushered in a golden era when a generation of kids born in ration card Britain, who had grown up with their nose pressed against the window of America's plenty, were invited to wallow in their big neighbour's largesse.
It deals with a time when everything that was being done - from the Beatles playing Shea Stadium to the Rolling Stones at Altamont, from the Who performing their rock opera at the Metropolitan Opera House to David Bowie touching down in the USA for the first time with a couple of gowns in his luggage - was being done for the very first time.
Rock and roll would never be quite so exciting again.
'One Yank and they're off'
'England? Is that in France?'
'Close your eyes and I'll kiss you'
'The effect of the hair'
'All the heaviness of our hearts'
'Man, that's how life should be'
'He can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me'
'Engerland swings like a pendulum do'
'The dazzle and the madness of London today!'
'This is my bird'
'Save up all your bread and fly Trans-Love Airways'
'I love Jennider Eccles'
'Squeeze my lemon till the juice runs down my leg'
'Blue jean baby, LA lady'
'This mellow-thighed chick just put my spine out of place'
'We were dignified people
we were artists'
'They travelled 3,000 miles to die here'
'See you, suckers!'
'I'm so bored with the USA'
'In the country of Liberace, I'm hardly revolutionary'
Postscript: an Ango-American playlist.
-- Great Britain
Rock music -- United States -- 1961-1970.
Rock music -- Great Britain -- 1971-1980.
Rock music -- United States -- 1971-1980.
|Publisher|| [Place of publication not identified]BANTAM Press,2020
1 volume ; 24 cm