Summer has begun! And, the weather on the East Coast has been uncharacteristically beautiful and dry (more like the West Coast!); I hope my readers have been able to get out and enjoy it!
There’s lots going on, on the ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM countdown to its 50th Anniversary next year – let’s go! For now, let’s remember the Summer of ’64 some more!!
The Summer of 1964, also called the Summer of Freedom (politically wise with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, as noted in my previous blog) was also, from the perspective of a 13 year-old adolescent, a summer of personal, new found freedoms.
Society was changing rapidly then in all sectors. Aware of politics perhaps like no other generation since, we witnessed up close, on television, the national struggle involving race that summer. Most of the baby boomer adolescents were aware, tuned in, part of the pulse of a changing nation and would continue to be so throughout our lives.
Our adolescent freedom was initiated when we started venturing out on our own, walking longer distances from the house (notice I said ‘walking’) and taking buses and trolleys more often. For me, about twenty minutes from my then home, the destination of destinations was Harvard Square, Cambridge, specifically to the Harvard Coop and the Out of Town News stand where my best friend, Sherryl, and I would pour over Beatles albums and the European version of Beatles magazines (the Europeans had more in-depth coverage of the Beatles – or so we thought). Nowadays, 13 year-olds are more scheduled — there are more “helicopter parents” than there were? The world now, in general, appears to be more threatening – listening to today’s news reports, I‘m surprised anyone goes out at all, anytime!
Ironically, even though my generations had more stay-at-home mothers, we saw our parents less. If possible, I’d love to get a statistic on this musing. If anyone out there has some percentage backup about this observation or knows where to find this, please let me know! Also, where did you go to take in the latest Beatle news in 1964? I’d love to know!
Fifty years ago this June and July, the Beatles were touring internationally in Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand before returning to the States (for the second time that year) in August. US Beatles’ fans anxiously waited for the published list of cities the Beatles would tour that August and September – it was THE thing to look for in “16 Magazine” this month, fifty years ago. Wow, can it be? I can see myself now at the magazine counter at the A&P (long gone!) flipping pages madly till I reached the page with THE LIST. Prior to viewing that list, all sorts of rumors floated about, were they or were they not playing in Boston? Sherryl and I were ecstatic when we saw ‘Boston’ on that list — the exact date, September 12, 1964. (More on that later!)
When the Beatles were in NewYork City during that 1964 US summer tour, Bob Dylan visited them. Ostensibly, one can see the influences each had on the other in the music that was produced following that meeting. The following year, Dylan released “Like a Rolling Stone” which featured electric guitar. (This past Tuesday, June 24th, at Sotheby’s, New York, the pages (4) that Dylan wrote “Like a Rolling Stone” on were auctioned off; the pages sold for $2 million dollars, a world record for a pop-music manuscript, according to Sotheby’s.) Dylan’s influence on the Beatles can be heard in their “folk rock“ album, “Rubber Soul,” also released the following year after that meeting.
Fifty years ago this past week, June 26, 1964, the United Artist’s album “A Hard Day’s Night” was released with advanced US orders numbering 1 million. The album made way for the film of “A Hard Day’s Night,” released a few weeks later in July, 1964. The film, “A Hard Day’s Night” has been digitally re-mastered for movie house showing. To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, it will be re-released all over the US a few weeks from now! Look for dates and places locally around the 4th of July. You’ll be able to see “A Hard Day’s Night” in the theatre for the first time or re-live the time when you first saw the film in a theatre way back when!! Just Google “A Hard Day’s Night, 2014, list of cities.” I’m planning on viewing it (one more time!) and can’t wait to see it again on the big screen!!!
I would love to hear your comments, suggestions, and/or memories that you may have concerning any of the content in this week‘s BLOG, on the ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM.