How America Changed the Beatles

Their success in the U.S. 'changed not only their perception of themselves, it changed everybody's perception of them,' one expert tells U.S. News.

(From left) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison of The Beatles arrive at Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964, in New York City.
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  • Corrected, 1/24/14: : A previous version of this article misquoted Elijah Wald on the meaning of the Beatle’s success in America. He said, “Every British rock ‘n’ roll band before the Beatles had been considered just a simulacrum of American music.” The article also misidentified Gordon Thompson. He is a professor at Skidmore College.