Saturday, 7 March 2015

She Loves You - You Never Had It So Good - The People's Songs Documentaries


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She Loves You - 'You never had it so good'

1963 was a monumental year in Britain. The Profumo Affair was uncovered. The Great Train Robbery took place. The Dartford Tunnel and the National Theatre opened. And a manufactured Northern pop band started doing rather well.

A new economic and social optimism coincided with the birth of Beatlemania in a country that had, according to Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, "never had it so good". However, it was an optimism that had been almost two decades in the making, following the horror of WW2, then the lean years of rationing, poverty and re-building. The Beatles' humour, drive and infectious music chimed perfectly with the country's new-found confidence.

We want to hear your memories of the post-austerity mood and the burgeoning sense of optimism in a time of plentiful employment and shiny new appliances for the home. We'd also love to talk to those who saw the Beatles in the early days at The Cavern and were swept up in this wave of homegrown excitement; and of course, those who were utterly befuddled by the Fab Four's appeal.





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