It’s been 50 years since the Beatles invaded the United States and started a revolution — both musically and culturally.
“Everybody has memories about the Beatles,” said Priscilla Scott, circulation supervisor and volunteer coordinator for the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. “I was 13 years old. We had a television, and, yes, I got to watch Ed Sullivan announce the Beatles. All of my friends — everyone was so excited about it because the build-up was so tremendous.”
To commemorate the anniversary of the rock group’s arrival in the U.S., the South Coastal Library will hold “History & Impact of The Beatles,” on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in the library’s meeting room.
The program will be presented by Joel Glazier, who has met Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the late John Lennon and George Harrison.
“We work very closely with the Delaware Humanities Forum. They publish a list of different programs that one could offer at the library,” explained Scott. “Since this is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles; arrival to the United States, we thought it would be very timely for Mr. Glazier, who is an expert on the Beatles, to come to our community and talk about the Beatles.”
Glazier holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Delaware and has completed various coursework about the Beatles’ influence, including Oxford University’s “Beatles and British Music” course.
The Feb. 27 program is free and open to the public, with no registration required. During the event, Glazier will discuss the history of the group and examine how the group — which was together for almost eight years — was both influenced and was changed by the times.
“They had a huge cultural impact on people in the United States and worldwide. Here, you can see the market change in what was going on, based on their arrival date. For example, guys who would wear crew cuts gravitated toward longer hair. Gals gravitated to wearing shorter skits,” said Scott. “The music was beyond Elvis Presley — it was very distinct.”
Scott said the library has a number of books on the Beatles, as well as numerous CDs of their music, that patrons may enjoy to help celebrate the anniversary.
“We probably will be displaying any books that we have about the Beatles in the meeting room, as well as have the CDs around, so it’s accessible to the patrons right after they finish participating in the program.”
Scott added that she hopes the event will be well attended and enjoyed by all whose lives have been touched by the revolution that was the Beatles.
“I think it’s going to be very popular,” said Scott. “I think you’re going to have young people here… I think you’re going to have people here from almost every generation. Kids today look at the Beatles as something they don’t want to miss. They are a phenomenon.”
The South Coastal Library is located at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit them online at http://southcoastal.lib.de.us.