William F. Buckley on The Beatles, September 13, 1964:
The Beatles are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music, even as the imposter popes went down in history as “anti-popes.”
I think he was just being his usual cranky self, but I also suspect he knew that the group would have more of an impact on American culture than his silly little National Review.
HT to Eric Loomis at LGM.