Hey Jude Changed Everything!

by Rachel Baker on August 27, 2013

There’s a good article at theatlantic on the impact that Hey Jude had on America, The Beatles, and music. This article also gives a really good historic view about what was going on in the country at the time Hey Jude was released.

The message couldn’t have been better timed. When the convention opened, “any of that balmy, ’67 Summer of Love is gone,” says Kenneth Womack, a professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State University in Altoona, where he teaches courses on their music. The summer of ’68 “was the summer of hate and despair.”

Against that backdrop came what Riley calls “a song about a communal experience”–as much about friendship as about love. That “had kind of a magnetic hold on people, and people couldn’t get enough of it,” he says.


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