Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rock Revival's Time Capsule (August 1964): The Beatles Meet Bob Dylan

On August 30, 1964, The Beatles were in their heyday. In April of that year they occupied the top five places in Billboard Magazine's Top One Hundred chart. Two weeks earlier, on August 12 A Hard Day's Night had opened in more than 500 US theaters yielding $1.3 million in only one week. By late August they were coming to the end of their victoious US Tour.
Bob Dylan drove down from Woodstock on the afternoon of the 28th to meet them in their Park Avenue Hotel in New York. He introduced them to marijuana, an event that served as symbolic a turning point in the music of the Beatles.

Brian Epstein kept saying "I'm so high I'm on the ceiling, I'm up on the ceiling."

Paul McCartney response, however, wasd much more telling "I'm thinking for the first time, really thinking."

The Beatles would go on to make the gradual transition from wide eyed teenagers to the most visible of the psychedelic pioneers. The Beatles released Help ! shortly after but their first mature masterpiece was Rubber Soul, with songs like "Nowegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", "You Won't See Me" and "Nowhere Man".

Image: Courtesy Parlophone/EMI

1 comment:

rockandrollguru said...

I'm shocked...shocked and appalled to learn that the lads from Liverpool and Bob Dylan smoked Mary Jane. Society as we know must be crumbling.