Friend of Dullblog Stephen Kroninger sent along this mesmerizing Bollywood version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand”:
The Beatles came along at the precise moment for Western popular culture to have maximum impact all around the globe. Not only were the economically dominant cultures of the U.S., U.K., and Europe producing a monoculture, the process of de-colonization was still in its infancy. So first, the UK went mad for The Beatles in a way that wouldn’t be possible ten or even five years later. Then that madness was shared with its ex-colonies (the US foremost among them), where it got amplified, then reinterpreted. In India, this is what was produced; in the States, The Byrds and electrified Dylan.