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BELOW: Text from the programs: (with some webmaster notes)
SCENE 1 / CAMELOT: Pre-Beatles
The early 1960's begin with an all-time optimism in America. Youthful and elegant, John F. Kennedy charms the public and press while his First Family welcomes the public into the White House. His assassination on November 22, 1963 shocks the country in a horrifying introduction to what was to become the most turbulent of decades.
SCENE II / THE COMING
Television viewers watch open-mouthed as a group of four Liverpudlians explode on national television. Shortly after their debut in February, 1964, the lighthearted, moptopped jesters begin to win recognition and attention never before given to rock and roll artists.
SCENE III / MAKING IT
SCENE IV / LISTENING
As a group begins to mature musically, a sense of introspection is felt through their music. Critics begin to give them more serious consideration, while an increasing number and diversity of fans await the changing sounds of each newly released recording.
SCENE V / TRIPPING
Becoming an accepted entity by the "establishment," the group takes on a whole new direction with musical experimentation and sensual, psychedelic perceptions. Their music is becoming a directional for the increasing "counter-culture" and antiestablishment youth movement.
SCENE V / DROPPING OUT
Their growing musical styles have connected with other cultures and
lifestyles through a multi-dimensional sound which defies categorization.
The country's youth follows suit in more personal, individualized self-exploration
and unconventional answers to an unresponsive and static society.
SCENE VII / FLOWER POWER
Holding its own, the youth movement becomes an established force and reality, influencing all phases of society: as the "hippies" and "street-people" of Haight Ashbury and New York's Lower East Side reach for beyond their coastal boundaries into the homes of middle-America.
SCENE VIII / BOTTOMING OUT
The assasination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy traumatize the country. The War in Vietnam rages on and the confusion, anger and violent confrontations in the streets of the U.S. splinter any hopeful ideals left from the early years of the decade. The group moves towards seperation.
SCENE IX / MOVING ON
The decade climaxes as the group itself splits apart. Their songs, now individual statements, are reflective of their own personal choices and lifestyles, while the wealth of collective material remains, painting a spectrum of images ranging from the innocent of the innovators, from the celebrities to the outlaws; always growing, creating and moving beyond their audiences.
Encores were played in several road versions of the show.
*Let's Twist Again" 1961, Kalmann Music, Inc. Used by permission only. *"Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, 1956 by Arc Music Corp. Used by permission only. *"Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1953, Lion Publishing Co., Inc. and Elvis Presley Music, Inc. Used by permission only. *"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1963 by Northern Songs, Ltd.; sole selling agent Duchess Music Corporation. Used by permission only. *"She Loves You" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1963 by Northern Songs, Ltd. All rights for U.S.A. its territories, possessions and Canada assigned to and controlled by Gil Music Corporation. Used by permission only.
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The collaged visual, spanning the era of
JFK's last days as President, throughout the Chicago