"Appallingly unmusical,' 'hirsute' and 'destined to fade away'..."


The LA Times collated some of The Beatles' best worst reviews from the year Beatlemania reached the United States:

"Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed."

We've extracted a few of our favourite (and most-damning) lines, here, but you can read the reviews in full via the original article.

Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well.

Los Angeles Times

Don't let the Beatles bother you. If you don't think about them, they will go away, and in a few more years they will probably be bald…. 

Boston Globe

They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music.

Boston Globe

They have a commonplace, rather dull act that hardly seems to merit mentioning. 

Washington Post

Visually they are a nightmare (…) Musically they are a near disaster. 


Entertainers would have to wrestle with live octopuses in order to entertain a mass American audience. The Beatles don't in fact do this, but how one wishes they did!

Boston Globe

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