I typically allow myself one gratuitous (not research-related) purchase per trip, such as the mini Hofner bass I bought in Liverpool in July.
This time it was a vinyl cut out from artist Damon Vincent, owner of City Minis. He devised a way to cut vinyl albums into shapes, some of which are quite elaborate.
I naturally gravitated towards The Beatles section, and bought one based on A Hard Day's Night.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Hillview Library, 155 Terry Blvd, Hillview, KY
The Beatles & The Rolling Stones
Ask anybody to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the response will likely be The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But despite often being portrayed as rivals in the media, the two groups were actually quite friendly towards each other, both socially and musically. This 60-minute presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members to illustrate the relationship between The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.
It'll be my 77th speaking engagement since 8 February, 82nd so far of 2016, and 348th of my career (248th specifically about The Beatles).
So what next?
June, July, and August will be gentle: just 14 speaking engagements in 6 states (Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York). But things get crazy again in the fall. I'm going to Kansas City in September, New England in October, Wisconsin/Illinois in November.
In addition, I'm on pace to release my next book, Days in the Life (my and my father's journals from our March tour out to Arizona) in August. And I hope to publish BEATLESTUDY Volume I: Structural Analysis of Beatles Music in December (but that might be optimistic). Regardless, the summer will be busy, if not in terms of travel.