How the Beatles Changed the World

How the Beatles Changed the World

By Martin W. Sandler

Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802735652, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014


The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called "a night that changed the course of American culture." More than seventy million television viewers - the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show - watched the Beatles' performance that February 9, 1964. It was only the beginning.

Had the Beatles been simply the most successful musical group of all time, their place in history would be secure. But they were much, much more. The Beatles changed popular culture forever. They changed the way people listened to music and experienced its role in their lives. And they were even more. For as their work matured, they became nothing less than the embodiment of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Readers will also discover how the Beatles became prisoners of their own success and how, by retreating into the recording studio, they attained even greater heights by creating songs and albums of such meaning and of such influence that the entire nature and importance of popular music was profoundly altered.

About the Author
Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure received four starred reviews, was a Bank Street College Best Children s Book of the Year, a Parents Choice Gold Award winner, and a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults nominee. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He says, I have always believed that truth can be far more exciting than fiction. I love writing true stories about people who have overcome enormous odds and have accomplished great things. The building of the transcontinental railroad is not only such a story; but it is, I believe, America s greatest adventure. Martin W. Sandler lives with his wife, Carol, in Massachusetts.