Yesterday I spent on
Discussion of Kitei's Editorial
that followed uponBleijenberg + Kitei's Editorial + "Everyone's a
Today I just have a bit of interesting fun - if you are thus
inclined and in the mood - that I came upon in connection with my
mentioning yesterday The Beatles: "You say you want
a revolution", because it seemed somewhat relevant.
But then I came to peruse the Beatles - which very many did
besides: a link I offer below has over 6 million recorded views - and
found quite a few interesting videos.
Here are some from the amazing registration of their concert in the
This is interesting for many reasons, though probably for me it
also enters that I was 15 at the time and can recall the sudden
arrival and arisal of the Beatles rather well, though I never was a
great fan or collector of pop music.
One reason is the - let's say - ecstatic
female behavior and crowd and mass behavior, both to behold and if you
think about it: Very many people turning close to ecstatic, in ways
never seen that way at that time in those places, and doing it in
crowds, notably without things turning totally mad - some faint, some
get into trouble with the police but most scream and "go out of their
mind" in a controlled and social way, for the most part.
The footage brings that out quite well, though of course what one
sees and hears must have been quite different from what the audience
saw and heard.
And for me there are quite a few memories connected to the songs -
incidentally, quite unlike the footage in the links, for the Beatles
in Holland mostly came on records. But it was quite sensational
nevertheless, which probably is difficult to get if you don't recall
the stuffy, cramped, grey, stiff nineteenfifties.
Here is another example of what was at the same time quite
scandalous and daring - consider the text and the music - yet in a way
supported by even the Queen Mother, because the immediate appeal of
Both again have lots of interesting psychological and sociological
Above is 'Twist and shout' in b/w. Here it is in full color in the
Shea Stadium in 1965
Anyway... as I said: Just a bit of fun, with interesting sides.
I liked it a lot - and there is quite a lot more - and saw it all
for the first time, and thought "Let's do something else than ME,
something that is enjoyable and interesting also".
Have fun! (Or not - just as you please.)
P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
One reason I found the above videos interesting is because it shows
masses of fairly ecstatic - outside themselves, while still behaving
social - people (young women especially). From my own experience, I
know this only, in a strong and long sense, from the time I spent in
Paris, during the student revolts in May and June of 1968.
Maybe that is a subject for later: I should look for videos indeed.
And maybe I should say that so far this year I have kept up with
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