The Suffolk Journal : Beatlemania phenomenon debunked through author Candy Leonard
Dr. Candy Leonard engaged Suffolk students and faculty with a talk on the sociological phenomenon of “Beatlemania” in the Poetry Center in the Suffolk University library on Thursday.Dr. Leonard is a lifelong Beatles fan, sociologist and frequent Huffington Post contributor. She was introduced by Suffolk professor David Gallant, who uses Dr. Leonard’s book in his Seminar for Freshman course on the Beatles.The subject matter was taken from her 2014 book “Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World,” a study of the impact of the Liverpool band through interviews with Beatles fans from the baby boomer generation.Dr. Leonard was seven years old when the Beatles first came to America and made their famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. She, unlike most who emphasize the influence on teens at the time of the Fab Four’s arrival, said that many young children were equally, or in some cases more influenced.