The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

At the beginning of 1964, The Beatles were at the height of their popularity in the United Kingdom, but they had yet to crack the music market in the USA.

We will showcase a rare treat on the big screen, the Maysles brothers powerful, raw, fly-on-the-wall documentary film of The Beatles' first trip to the United States that threw the country into full-blown Beatlemania.

Picture of the band The Beatles. Four young men playing instruments with the US flag in the background.

Albert and David Maysles filmed John, Paul, George and Ringo closely during the two weeks of the Fab Four's first stay to America, including: their meetings with journalists and fans, and the concerts on The Ed Sullivan Show, which resulted in so much fanfare. The film has an intimate and engaging style that allows the viewer to experience American culture's first encounter with the band.

About the show

The film will be introduced by Randall J. Stephens, Professor of American and British Studies.

The screening will take place in auditorium 1 in Georg Sverdrup's hus (entrance to the left in the foyer). It is free and open to the public.

The screening is a collaboration between ENG4543 History and Culture of Anglo-American Rock Music and the HumSam Library. <>


The HumSam Library and the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages

Published Oct. 28, 2021 3:10 PM - Last modified Oct. 28, 2021 3:10 PM