Andy Miller

From cheeky mop tops to long-haired holy men: The Beatles come of age in America

David Hepworth describes the rapid spread of the beat boom, when British groups in the 1960s finally found satisfaction Stateside

George Harrison playing in concert. Credit: Alamy

In his latest book, the veteran pop commentator David Hepworth is concerned with satisfaction, its acquisition and maintenance. On record, satisfaction was something the Rolling Stones found notoriously hard to get — ‘an itch you could never quite scratch’. In reality, it was a commodity the groups spearheading the British invasion of the 1960s — the Stones, the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five and others — discovered to be plentiful in the USA.

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