6 Reasons a Beatles-Like Phenomenon Can't Happen Again

December 18, 2014 7:13 PM

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Looking back on this 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, music fans and cultural observers of all ages often ask, "Can anything like the Beatles happen again?" The question itself is somewhat rhetorical and, a half-century on, acknowledges the singularity of the Beatles phenomenon.

Those who lived through it ask the question to validate their belief in the enormous impact the Beatles had on them, and, by extension, the culture. The Beatles unified boomers across a fifteen-year age range, and these fans, now between fifty-five and seventy, more or less, express gratitude about ...

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