The Beatles are back and rocking Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum until next February, with the impressive Beatles in Australia exhibition.
As The Beatles in Australia website points out, Beatlemania gripped the nation for nearly two weeks in 1964, attracting a then-unprecedented amount of media, social and even political attention. Perhaps due to Australia’s small population and geographical isolation, the nation erupted with a mixture of pride and jubilation at the visit of the pop supergroup. The Beatles’ 1964 tour began on 11th June with the group (except Ringo Starr, who was sick) landing at Sydney Airport.
The Beatles in Australia brings together the media of the day; newsreels, television reports, radio coverage, magazines, press clippings and a range of collectables. It examines the impact that Beatlemania and the Beatles’ visit had on Australia’s music and social scenes.
For younger visitors, the exhibition should provide welcome context for those who have often heard stories about the Fab Four’s tour nearly half a century ago, but failed to comprehend the significance of it.
Entry to the exhibition is included with entry to the otherwise fabulous Powerhouse Museum. The display is open until the 16th February 2014, after which it will shift to Melbourne’s Arts Centre. Tickets an be pre-booked through the website.