In 2016 the always brilliant Ron Howard produced and directed an endlessly interesting documentary about the Beatles. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years provides a behind the scenes look at the supergroup in its early days, and fans will not be disappointed.
But what stood out for this viewer was how much the Beatles wanted to succeed in the United States. It was everything. They expressed the view that a failure to break into the massive U.S. market would amount to a failure in general. Success in the U.S. was the personification of global credibility for a band…

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