However, if you want to be considered an honest historian (as opposed to an ideologue or a propagandist) you have to give people their due for accomplishing great things, and I have been convinced by
Colby Cosh that the Beatles do indeed deserve credit for changing the course of rock music. True, they were following in the footsteps of Buddy Holly. But as Colby points out, the Beatles were the right people at the right time to change rock from something only kids listened to into something much, much bigger. I rather doubt that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus", as Lennon once fatuously quipped, but they changed the way people thought about a lot of things, and that is what great people do.