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The Beatles at Twickenham Studios on the announcement
of their MBEs from Queen Elizabeth II
Photograph by Michael Peto, 1964.
© University of Dundee The Peto Collection

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!

Feb. 6–May 10

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - nypl.org/lpa

Mon, Thu noon–8 p.m.; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat Noon–6 p.m.

Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. at the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers—at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

Created by The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s—and beyond.

Now through May 10, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

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The Beatles!

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! brings us back to the early '60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

From the Exhibition

Publicity Still from the Film A Hard Day's Night

Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (1964) depicted The Beatles as themselves, rehearsing and performing on a British television variety show.  Detail from a lobby card promoting the film.  Billy Rose Theatre Division

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Featured Blog Post

Turn Left at Greenland: The Beatles Meet the Press

When you enter the exhibition and walk past the stage set-up (accompanied by the sound of screaming girls), you see a line-up of microphones and a video clip of the Beatles landing in NYC for their first Q&A session with the American press. The Beatles were not only wonderful songwriters and singers, but they were experts at peppering their press conferences with wit—and avoiding 

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Revolution: The Beatles and Contemporary Classical Music

Alarm Will Sound - Alan PiersonThe New York Times says that Alarm Will Sound is the “future of classical music,” so you may be surprised to learn what composers inspire this pioneering chamber orchestra – the Beatles! With a repertory that spans from Bach, Ravel, and Bernstein to Aphex Twin, Radiohead, and Frank Zappa, this versatile troupe of virtuosi is redefining where and what an orchestra is, and winning new audiences in the process. Join AWS music director Alan Pierson and 

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Monday, April 7, 2014, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

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Curated by The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits

Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles! is supported in part by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Marc Guild and the Fujisankei Communications Group.