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March 18th, 2019

Mar. 18th, 2019

The Beatles invented “the recording band.” They were the first band to give up performing live public concerts in order to simply record songs in the studio.
The Beatles invented the idea of using sports stadiums as performing venues.
The Beatles invented the idea of running their own self-contained record label, Apple Records.
The Beatles invented the concept album, with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” or, perhaps, with the earlier album “Revolver.”
The Beatles invented the music video. Although many artists before them had made short music film performances, the Beatles were the pioneers of making short, stand-alone, dedicated films of a single song, especially the ones they made for “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.”
The Beatles invented the live global television broadcast. At least they were the featured subject of the first ever live global television broadcast in 1967.
The Beatles invented the idea of printing the lyrics of all the songs included on an album right on the actual album cover, beginning with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
The Beatles invented the idea that the recording studio was the most important musical instrument. They pioneered or popularized lots of innovative studio techniques, including double tracking, spliced audio loops, distortion, stereo effects, multi-tracking, overdubbing, unconventional microphone placements, variable speed recording, compression, etc. Although they didn’t actually invent all of these techniques, they were responsible for inspiring countless musical acts to both use and develop them.
The Beatles invented the rock band as a catalyst for lifestyle activism that fueled things such as civil rights, women’s lib, environmentalism, peace, social justice, etc.
The Beatles invented the seven-minute pop single, with “Hey Jude.”
The Beatles, especially George Harrison, invented the fusion of genres, East and West, with the use of Indian instruments and Indian musical techniques in their pop music.
The Beatles invented the feature-length, motion picture musical that starred themselves playing themselves.
The Beatles invented global fashion from the beginning of their careers to the end. Their fashion went from Mod to Hippie. Their clothes and hair styles became a mark of rebellion. Every time one of them grew their hair, got a haircut, grew some facial hair or shaved, everyone had to follow them.
The Beatles invented the idea of celebrities being casual about their spiritual awakenings, their general lack of religious belief, their illegal drug use, etc