In 1964, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came, saw, and conquered the United States. We often forget that they took an American art form — rock and roll — and showed us how it could be done. Examine six phases in the history of each band, exploring how these young Brits parlayed their obsession with American music into untold fame and fortune. Look closely at why one band lasted seven years, while the other has lasted 54 years.
Pete Elman has performed, composed, arranged, produced, and taught all genres of popular music since 1962. He is a freelance writer, taught school for 15 years, and published an acclaimed book of song-poems. He has taught several popular classes on 20th-century music with OLLI.