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Theory of Musical Relativity, Zep, Hendrix, Beatles



Hi interested fellow Badgies Only, 

Does anybody remember laughter?
Let's do a bit of recounting of the musical past with a more adequate
perspective in mind.
The mainstream of Western pop culture was revolutionized by the First
British Music Invasion beginning with the arrival of the Beatles in New
York in February of 1964.
The Beatles were NEVER merely a teen idol phenomenon.
They were the heralds of the cultural revolution of the '60's.
Their curiously broad musical appeal
crossed all age levels and the majority of cultural and class system
boundaries. With the Release of "Meet the Beatles," the U.S. was immersed
in a fascination with British popular music culture. This fascination
didn't let up until the late 70's when most British groups had started
running out of steam,
(not including Queen of course.)

Beatles '65 (U.S. release) was the group's last attempt at any kind of a
complete top forty pop excursion.
With the release of Rubber Soul, the Beatles crossed over into
expanding pop music into a new area of counterculture expression that had
begun as early as the release of "Help."

Their new thread of experimentation developed further with the release of
"Revolver." Revolver broke new ground and with it the Beatles shed their
more placid image and left their past behind.
The Beatles lost a great number of fans inadvertently when John Lennon let
it slip that by the numbers they were more popular than Christ. There were
Beatle memorabilia and record burnings by conservative religious groups.
Some conservative ministers and radio personalities misinterpreted Lennon's
statement and believed that the Beatles were telling people that they were
making music to replace Christ in the hearts of the Christian faithful. Of
course no such thing was going on. But the public relations damage was
done. All the cute little teen idol boppers whose mommies and daddies were
upset by Lennon's statement dropped the Beatles like over microwaved pizza.
Those of us who were more familiar with Lennon's style of expression
understood that what he said was not intended to be inflammatory or self
serving.
Historically Christ's personal mission was limited to handfuls of people in
direct contact. Lennon was just remarking that the Beatles had reached more
people directly via the mass media in their own lifetimes than Christ had
in his own time. Lennon was remarking that he was amazed at the power of
the mass media of radio, TV and mass distributed  musical recordings to
reach thousands of people. He was surprized that he and the others had
become everyday household names. John was trying to let people know he was
an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. He was being a bit modest,
because he underrated his musical artistry, but his honest attempt at
humility backfired because the conservatives thought him too bold in even
mentioning Christ's name in consort with his own.
Once the conservative groups had seized upon Lennon's statement in a
negative manner they acted like inflamed pit bulls holding onto their
convictions that the Beatles were evil because they had compared in any
way, shape or form to Christ.
Never mind that the comparison was about the size of their respective
audiences, and not ideology, conservatives became outraged over what proved
to be poor judgement in Lennon's choice of subjects for comparison.
When the controversy subsided, what remained was a more mature open-minded
audience that continued to follow the group's music, both collectively and
individually. 
 If the Beatles had'nt helped pave the way with the First British Music
Invasion, then the second and third waves of that phenomenon might have
fallen on less fertile minds. The Animals, The Who and The Yardbirds might
not have garnered as many enthusiasts if the Beatles had'nt broken ground
first. And as we all know, those two waves opened the way for the third
British wave of which Led Zeppelin's first tour into U.S. territory helped
seal the conquest. Some people would argue Cream was the leading edge of
the third wave, but the cultural awareness shift was fueled more largely by
the music of Zeppelin, and Hendrix.
Many of the current music industry factory teen idols now produced by media
mogul companies are no more than clever, yet basically mediocre performers.
Some people might simply write the music sucks but that's not any kind of
an adequate description. Those mediocre overhyped "talents" are backed by
hired musicians performing tunes the headliner didn't write. Why? because
the teen idols can't play the musical instruments and they can't write
music either. Maybe that's why what their products are eventually
completely forgettable.
In direct and thankful contrast,
the Beatles were genuine instrumental musicians of great original talent
and charismatic and compelling singers. Their biggest problem playing live
was that professional sound systems were woefully inadequate to counter the
incessant audience screams that met their slightest gestures.
I have a first hand basis for comparison, but then there really is no
comparing 
manufactured teen idol music with the real rock and roll that the Beatles
created.
Luckily, I got to hear the Beatles play two shows at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds on September 3rd,
1964. The second show was fantastic, because there were only a few hundred
people on hand and you could hear everything without too much screaming.
Third row center was perfect. They proved themselves to my mom, sister,
myself and the rest of the rapt happy audience that they were not only
polished stage musicial artists but that they were authentic, spontaneous
comedians and great guys.

The first time I saw Zeppelin on the other hand, they just stepped on stage
and blew everybody's minds. Page was wearing those pink velvet bellbottoms
and 
Robert was wearing a v-necked fringed blue brocade long sleeved tunic shirt
that matched the color of his eyes along with low slung blue jean
bellbottoms These men were not setting out to musically please the whole
family.
This was not music one could just sing along with at every turn, this stuff
overwhelmed every fiber of one's being permanently. Of course though, they
brought people to their feet to sing and clap along totally enthralled when
the opportunity seemed to present itself.
I noticed later though, a lot of people seemed to be ashamed to admit they
had even seen Led Zeppelin play live because their musical performances had
such an intense underlying tone of overt unabashed sexuality. Whereas The
Beatles wanted to hold hands, Led Zeppelin and Hendrix made direct
musically seductive advances upon everyone in their audiences without much
ceremony.
Musically revisiting Led Zeppelin, hmm that's another idea.
Pouya's right we're sick we're all very, very sick.
Keep on laughing - that's the best medicine.
Shar