Story: Popular music

The Beatles tour, 1964

The Beatles tour, 1964

In 1964 the Beatles toured New Zealand. They had to contend with thousands of unruly, screaming fans, disorganised security and poor sound but for many New Zealand teenagers it was the event of a lifetime. The fact they couldn't hear the music for the screaming didn't stop fans enjoying themselves. The tour inspired many New Zealanders to form bands. This poster advertises the arrival of the 'Fab Four'.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-MUSIC-Popular-1964-02-front
Artwork by Bob Kerridge

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Courtesy of Kerridge Odeon

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - New sounds, late 1950s and 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014