Faculty of Information & Media Studies

'It was 50 years ago today': Sullivan, Beatles strike early chords of rock mythology

'It was 50 years ago today': Sullivan, Beatles strike early chords of rock mythology
By Norma Coates
Western News
January 30, 2014

Feb. 9, 1964 was a momentous occasion in our cultural history.

That night cemented television’s important role in the creation of what we now look back on as ‘the Sixties,’ a time of great social turmoil and change that continues to resonate 50 years later. And, oh yes, that was the night the Beatles made their first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the most important and influential American television variety program.

Over the next few weeks, we will hear, read and see a great deal about the impact of that television appearance. (continue reading)