The LBJ Presidential Library presents Ladies and GentlemenThe Beatles! exhibit, a celebration of America's "Beatlemania" and the four lads from Liverpool over the past fifty years. The exhibit opened in June and runs through January 10, 2016. To date, this exhibit has drawn more visitors than any other exhibit at the LBJ Library in the last decade. The show has also traveled to several place before arriving in Austin, including New York, Miami, and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Fifty-one years ago on February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived on American soil for the very first time. On February 9, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City and so began America's love affair. The performance was broadcast live to more than 73 million viewers, a television record at the time. The political ramifications of their popularity were unknown at this time given the tense issues that the nation faced. It is fitting that the exhibition is being housed at the LBJ Library given President Johnsons proclivity toward social issues at that time. The traveling exhibit curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits. It explores the impact The Beatles' arrival had on American pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media and music, from early 1964 through mid-1966. You will find on display more than 400 pieces of memorabilia such as records, rare photographs, the original Ludwig drum head Ringo played on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and even tiny trinkets like a song set list George Harrison clipped onto his guitar. The visitor favorite can be found when exiting the exhibit; you and your friends can recreate your own personal Abbey Road album cover. There is something unique about the album cover on display at the LBJ Library though you'll have to go and see if you can find it.
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