Reasons the Beatles are still relevant fifty years after their breakup

Today, pay attention to any mention of the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. It might be impossible to miss. It’s everywhere we look—on TV, radio, and social media—and with good reason: John Lennon was a Beatles member. He was a well-known peace activist and enjoyed a prosperous solo career, but at his core, he was a Beatle. It’s also astonishing that the Beatles, who disbanded 50 years ago after hardly ten years of recording music, are still a persistent and ubiquitous presence in popular culture.

It’s normally done with a quick one-liner like that. The Beatles are introduced in a lighthearted and unexplains manner. It is expected of us, the audience, to know who they are and what they stand for, and we do. (Incidentally, the film also stars Rocket Raccoon, a Marvel Comics character that was first featured in the 1970s and is a playful homage to the Beatles song Rocky Raccoon.)

In actuality, the Beatles’ reputation is wide open to parody, no matter how absurd, from all facets of popular culture. Consider the different piratical renditions of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover, which shows John, Paul, George, and Ringo striding consecutively. Among these recreations, Margaret Thatcher is the most bizarre. There she is on the Abbey Road crosswalk in 1990, blatantly seeking the Beatle vote as the British prime minister at the moment. (Thatcher is going in the incorrect direction; she is usually the contrarian.)

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