“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” John Lennon, published in the March 4th 1966 edition of the London Evening Standard.
The Beatles were rebels and Elvis Presley, while revolutionary, was not a rebel.
They didn’t just make the older generation shake their heads and fingers, they made their mouths drop open in shock.
In the opening train sequence of A Hard Day’s Night, the 4 lads face off against The War Generation, and in response to the older disapproval, Ringo quips “Sorry you won now?”
Elvis Presley lead the teenage charge into adult hormones, but The Beatles lead the next group of teens not into conformity, but into questioning authority and social norms.
The Beatles didn’t leave America to go home to the UK, instead, they toured the world and went to India. They learned transcendental meditation and discovered the spiritual guru was more interested in their girl entourage than lessons.
Magical Mystery Tour you never knew what to expect from The Beatles, and too often their successes are compared to his missteps. While they merged their public personas closer to their authentic selves – Elvis maintained his “humble country boy” image and kept his spiritual quests behind closed doors.
In the 1970s, Elvis jumpsuits were patterned on Karate Gis and reflected a wide range of cultural and mythical themes, Elvis as the superhero of comics, complete with cape!
Elvis’ active career spanned 1954 t0 1977 and The Beatles broke up before Elvis died. It is unlikely that they would have reformed, but 1980 and Lennon’s murder prematurely settled the question.
The Beatles are the iconic Boy Band and Serious Music at the same time, and I have to wonder if it had been The Blue Moon Boys instead of Elvis with Scotty and Bill – how things might have been different for Elvis as part of group instead of going solo….
The Boy From Tupelo who would be king
from King to a Legendary Figure
Teen Idols vs The King at his peak, Pharaoh Elvis
Nov 21, 2008 – Saturday’s edition of the Vatican’s official newspaper absolves John Lennon of his notorious remark, saying that “after so many years it sounds …
Jun 25, 2014 – It was the home of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the Beatles, and … But now the long-abandoned ashram in Rishikesh, India, near the …
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