The cultural impact of The Beatles is unmatched. If we had to summarize it in one sentence, we would say that The Beatles walked the way for NSYNC and One Direction. The Jonas Brothers and BTS ran. The English rock band consisting of John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison and Ringo starr played a crucial role in the development 1960 pop music, earning them the title of Most Influential Band Of All Time. However, did you know the rock ‘n’ roll maestros were no strangers to controversies? In fact, during the height of their fame, the late John Lennon’s infamous ‘more popular than Jesus’ controversy ignited a massive public outrage against the group, which led to quartet’s immediate downfall. Scroll down to find out the whole scoop!
The Beatles’ global fame was born out of their unprecedented critical and financial success. Their concert tours sold like hotcakes. Their evergreen tracks ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Let Me Be,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ and ‘Tomorrow’ among others are still remastered and covered by other artists who attempt to pay an ode to the English band’s rich legacy.
The Beatles released the much-anticipated final song, “Now and Then,” on Thursday. It features the voice of John Lennon. The song was written and recorded in 1978 at Lennon’s New York City home. It took 45 years to complete. Yoko Ono shared the demo in 1994 with the rest The Beatles. The release of the unfinished song marks a complete circle for the group, as it is the last credit given to Lennon McCartney Harrison and Starr.
Circling back to John Lennon‘s controversial remark, which reportedly influenced the band’s decision to never go on tour again, it caused an uproar against the rock group, inventing a cancel culture way before the times of social media. Sir Lennon stated in his British publication London Evening Standard that “Christianity will disappear.” It will shrink and vanish. I don’t need to argue about it; I am right and I will be proven right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was fine but his followers were stodgy and ordinary. It’s their twisting of it that ruins the story for me.”
It’s worth noting that controversy didn’t start until the quote appeared in the United States. This was around the time The Beatles made tabloid headlines with their psychedelic adventures in America. The Christian community in America went crazy, and the timing was terrible as The Beatles were about to tour America. The Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organisation, quickly pickedeted their concert tickets. This forced the Beatles to cancel any future tours and only perform in studios.
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