If You Can Remember the 1960’s …
It is said that everyone who was around at the time remembers where they were when President Kennedy was assassinated. I have for a long time had a vivid memory of coming home from a Beatles concert (I only ever attended the one) to find my parents watching the TV coverage of the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Then, over the years I began to question the memory. Maybe I was combining two vivid memories of formative events in my teenage years into one, convenient, composite memory. A trick of the mind perhaps. Over time I concluded that this was the case – I did see the Beatles, and I did watch coverage of the Kennedy assassination on TV, but not the same evening.
Then a few years back I got access to a book (a kind of “anorak’s guide to the Beatles”) that lists every gig the Beatles ever played. And, lo and behold, they did play the Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees (where I saw them) on 22 November1963, the day that President Kennedy was shot.
So the memory was correct after all – I really was watching the Beatles when President Kennedy was assassinated. And I evidently can remember the 1960’s – or at least one particularly memorable early winter evening in 1963.
For the record, the Beatles mainly played stuff from their second album “With the Beatles”, which had just been released. It was just as well that I’d bought the record, as, even close to the stage, the entire performance was completely drowned out by girls screaming. Beatlemania really did take place as it is portrayed in those old black and white newsreels – even in sleepy Stockton-on-Tees!
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