The Beatles: Rock Band Bridges the Generation Gap

Like so many kids across so many decades, I was 9 years old when I wore out my parents’ LP of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, singing along to every word of every song. (The lyrics were famously printed on the back of the sleeve.) Later, Abbey Road became the first album I ever purchased on my own.

Now fast-forward to the present: As a stay-at-home dad and music fan, I turned my nose up at most of the popular kiddie music favored by the families in our local playgroup. There would be no Wiggles or Doodlebops for our family, thank you very much. Instead, I immersed my kids in the music of The Beatles, just like my parents did with me. The result? I have two young children at home—Maggie, 9, and Henry, 6—who can sing “Drive My Car,” “Paperback Writer” and most of the Sgt. Pepper album from memory. (I was proud—and knew my influence had stuck—when I caught them both dancing and singing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” in their room when they thought I wasn’t looking.)

The arrival of The Beatles: Rock Band on Sept. 9 is, of course, so much more than just the release of a video game. It’s great for families like mine, who love to play games, but it’s also a cultural event. My favorite memories of it, however, will be a little more personal: Henry unleashing his inner Ringo, wailing on the drums like a superstar, while Maggie handles vocals.

The Beatles: Rock Band is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

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