The Beatles have made a lasting impact on the United States since their first performance in 1964. Today in 2014, fans are still experiencing their own version of Beatlemania. I ventured around campus and visited Mojo’s Books Records Coffee and Tea in search of more merchandise of The Beatles. Fair warning now, my pictures are iPhone quality because I have not bought a fancy camera yet.
I started my quest with one of my own things, a picture of my laptop while interning in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office on Monday afternoon. I bought this laptop case from Modcloth, a great online store with eccentric, fashionable pieces.
Next I moved onto my workplace, Publix. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first time in the United States, Time had a magazine dedicated to all things Beatles. I was happy to see Publix stocked their shelves with it, as well as a People magazine Beatles issue too.
Then I talked to my friend, Ashley, a fellow lover of the Beatles. Her room is decorated with Beatles décor as well as a painting she did herself. Ashley even has a tattoo of the Beatles. When I saw her on campus, I took a picture of the Beatles button on her backpack.
On Monday afternoon, Ashley and I were leaving class when we spotted a girl wearing Beatles shirt outside of Cooper. We introduced ourselves and she did the same. Her name was Bailey. I asked Bailey if I could take a picture of her Beatles shirt for my blog, and she was very friendly. Bailey told me about her grandmother, who loves the Beatles and all things tie dye. We had a nice, little conversation about our mutual love of the Beatles. After meeting Bailey, I had a lovely realization that many students are actually fans of this British rock band.
I also went with one of my other friends, Octavia, to Mojo’s Books Records Coffee and Tea located on Fowler Avenue. Mojo’s is probably one of the greatest places I have ever been in Tampa. They had a large variety of delicious teas and coffees as well as an endless amount of books, movies, records and other trinkets.
I found a large selection of Beatles vinyl records, including Let it Be, Revolver and several others. There was even separate vinyl sections for John, Paul, George and Ringo. I was tempted to buy everything, but I controlled myself.
Instead, I ran down the aisle to show Octavia the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyl record and said, “Look how amazing and vintage and awesome this is. I’m gonna take a picture, but I have to leave it in the store.”
Octavia laughed and said, “Okay, good decision. Next time you should leave your wallet in the car.”
It was very good advice.
Mojo’s had a some CDs too, including Abbey Road, the White album and three others.
On top of one of the bookshelves, I found two dolls as John and Paul, dressed like the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Unfortunately, they weren’t for sale.
I next asked the guy working at the counter for some help finding books about the Beatles. He directed me on where to look and even showed me a special collection’s item many Beatles fans have searched for.
When I found the book section, I couldn’t help going a little crazy. I was overjoyed by Mojo’s amount of Beatles vinyl records, but I cannot say no to books—affordable books at that. I ended up buying two special collection books as well as the rare book the worker showed me.
To see Ashley’s Beatles collection and tattoo, Bailey’s shirt and all of the Beatles merchandise in Mojo’s made me understand the impact the Beatles have had on the United States. It also made me aware of the simple truth: music can bring people together. Music lasts a lifetime. The Beatles were before Ashley, Bailey and I’s generation and yet, we are all dedicated fans. I’m sure there are even more Beatles fans on USF campus and I hope to meet them all one day.
Peace and love. Let it be.
– Jasmin ☼