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The search for Utopia in the music of the Beatles

Feb 6, 2014|

Back in his college days as a sophomore in 1969, Steve Hausmann recorded this program as a school project. It's his theory that the Beatles tried to find Utopia through their music. Check out that wicked awesome Boston accent!!

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Ford is now approaching ten years a group of young British songwriters has been turning out hit after hit after hit. And for over six years of that decade The Beatles have been household words of the world over. The music of John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison and Ringo Starr is on the lips of not only youngsters but people of all ages. And this is to the extent that The Beatles. Have come to -- one of the most influential elements in the entire chronicles of music. But for people like -- -- Grown through our teenage years completely enveloped in an enthralled by all aspects of beatle mania the music of this foursome has come to be far more than mere entertainment. More than simply a combination of guitars drums and voices. The music of The Beatles has today become an influential factor in this world of right now. More more people have recognized the definite literary style in the -- work of John Lennon Paul McCartney and George Harrison in particular. And in interpreting the thoughts of this songs it has become clear that definite continuity of thought is carried throughout most of their work. It is my opinion that this continuity of thought -- senator on The Beatles search for a utopia. And it is the purpose of this presentation to show through a combination of commentary and music. But The Beatles are in fact in a deep and concern search for their ideal utopian society. To begin with we must redefine the overall elements are aspects of all utopian literature. The guidelines we've used this semester in our analysis of utopian novels have been based first of all on the fact that the author is clearly speaking out with a social criticism. Of the status quo. And it is this dissatisfaction with the current ways and norms that draws the author to propose particular alternatives in terms of utopia. No utopia is easily attainable physically -- Larry moved in some manner whether it be in the far past in the far future are in the physical reaches. This element has been seen in all the utopian literature we've studied this semester. Another element of the -- we've analyzed is their dealings with the perfect ability of mankind. And the attempts to attain this perfection. So basically we see three overriding elements in the search for utopia. An outward expression of social criticism the creation of a world set apart from the ordinary world and designed as an answer or alternative. And ultimately leading to the perfect ability of man. Having arrived at these conclusions let's look at them in relation to the music of The Beatles a. Hello no reason to -- it picks up her eyes in the show Israel lending is being. It's an endgame. -- windows wearing those things that she -- -- her job by the John. -- -- and all okay. I'm on the campaign season. Rising home runs and those sermons and know. Of one really yeah. We'll know on guns and hand good candy and working and pounding his son send -- a -- when there's nobody there. As you can. Okay. Yeah. They're great yeah I didn't return. -- -- Okay. -- And none of the who's name is key theme then BP's. Just. Social criticism has been a major force in all the music of The Beatles. Even their backgrounds for individuals relates a story of non conformity and criticism of the norms of society. As far as the music goes and Eleanor Rigby -- dissatisfaction with the status quo or as they put it all the lonely people. And the asking the questions where -- come from and where they'll be law. Meanwhile as we heard the full on the hills sees the sun going down in the eyes and his head see the world spinning around. A bit more subtle and subdued and its approach but equally as severe and its social criticism is George Harrison's PDs. And overall discussed in the culture as it is. And listen here for the inferences and implications under the guise and symbolism. -- -- He's saying in the movie score I mean. -- It's. Mr. And. -- -- The symbolism in this song is of particular note. The line have you seen the bigger PDs in the starched white shirts you'll find the bigger -- stirring up the dirt. And later -- they don't see what goes on all around them what they needs a damn good whacking. An excellent example of social criticism in the music of The Beatles. Another Lennon McCartney composition worthy of note is strawberry fields forever. For a few listened carefully to the lyrics you can hear incorporated all the elements of the utopian society is seen in our guidelines. Every nation's banking. Strawberry fields forever. For the first time we see an alternative from all the lonely people and Eleanor Rigby. Lennon McCartney see this land of living with -- eyes closed and understanding all you see is the answer to that problem of trying to be somewhere. Is this place then not utopia far removed from the everyday world and an answer to one's own social criticism. You can -- Looking through a glass onion. Another Lennon McCartney composition continuing their search for utopia. I've told about strawberry fields you know the place where nothing Israel is saying well here's another place you can be listened to me they imply. Did you catch the line where they say fixing a hole in the ocean. Well herein lies the big clue as to what The Beatles really consider the ultimate utopia and let's. -- -- OK. Okay me. Okay. -- The same way perhaps a bit unusual and highly unlikely. But it's the -- that holds the -- utopia for The Beatles. But can we really say that this is so unusual looking back at the utopia as we've studied this semester we've seen one located on a mythical island. One in which just made -- inhabit the land. And one where horse like people prevail and so on. So it isn't that unusual at this utopia is situated under the -- Well anyway the ocean seems to hold a definite charm for The Beatles only here -- they seem to find true sense of vitality freedom and love and. And. I don't like to. If at all. Vitality freedom and love here we sum up The Beatles search for the perfect utopia. For needs three words that seems to tell it all as far as John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison and windows star concerned vitality. Freedom and love. Sounds so simple doesn't. Are you need is love. Four people in search for utopia. And expressing their -- desires. Through the medium of music. It's The Beatles. The music of The Beatles will no -- live on for ages to come. And as long as there is the music of The Beatles. There will be people to analyze it has to form and context. This presentation I believe has clearly shown that this foursome has a definite purpose in their mind. The Beatles are as individual as an equally important as a group searching for vitality freedom and love. They're searching -- in their lives and expressing it in their music. But perhaps most important in The -- search for utopia can be summed up this way. I don't know I don't know I don't know -- And I -- relief. --