A Hard Day’s Night

February 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

So for this blog, I decided to go a little more in-depth exploring “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Beatles-themed hotel that opened February first in Liverpool. Because the hotel is so new, there is not very much information available about it yet. However, some of the amenities include: 110 rooms, Paul McCartney and John Lennon-themed rooms, a bar, a restaurant, and even a wedding chapel. However, I think the most interesting aspect is the gallery and series of Beatles paintings the hotel features, which pay graphic homage to the group.

In a way, this hotel is reminiscent of Elvis’s Graceland, thus placing the Beatles on a similarly high pedestal. I love their music, but one can’t help but wonder if such celebrity-worship is unhealthy.  Right? Here’s the thing though – the difference between tabloid-obsession and expensive themed hotels (although they are both centered on celebrities) is that The Beatles (and Elvis etc) have reached a new level of celebritydom.  They have permanently infiltrated pop culture, they have become icons for generations and their music has influenced the work of many contemporary artists. Beatlemania has had a permanent impact on America and the world, and because of that, I fully support a hotel to honor the musicians.

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