Rock 'n' Roll: Is Beatlemcmia Dead?


Reports of the death of Christianity, as Beatle John Lennon discovered this month, are greatly exaggerated. So, too, are reports of the show-business death of John Lennon. The exaggeration about the Beatles, though, may not be so fanciful. By the end of last week, with only two stops left on their 14-city North American tour, the boys were grossing as grandly as ever (roughly $100,000 a night), but there were signs that it had been too hard a day's night.

In their two previous U.S. visits, the Beatles were virtually sold out by mail even before the tickets were...

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