On this date (November 9) in 1966, John Lennon met Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery exhibition 'Unfinished Paintings And Objects' in London. As I wrote in the conclusion of the Yoko chapter in The Beatles & The Avant-Garde:
The night of 9 November 1966 at the Indica Gallery was a pivotal moment in Beatles history. Although John and Yoko would not pair romantically for another eighteen months, their meeting set in motion the dynamics that would redefine the band. Once John found Yoko, she completely eclipsed Paul as John’s primary artistic collaborator. With John more interested in Yoko than the Beatles, Paul was able to replace him as unofficial leader of the group; and with the introduction of a full-fledged avant-garde artist, Paul’s involvement and enthusiasm for the movement abated, freeing John to adopt the role.
November 9 of the current year is also the eve of my ninth and final Beatles lecture tour of 2016, which will take me through Wisconsin and Illinois over the next three weeks, starting in Janesville:
Thursday, 10 November 2016, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hedberg Public Library, 316 S Main St, Janesville, WI
The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Since its release in 1967, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has often been regarded as the single greatest rock album, and one of the first rock concept albums. This 60-minute multimedia presentation will observe and discuss the landmark album track by track, citing musical and historical precedents, and illustrating the development of the songs through excerpts from interviews with the band members and clips of discarded takes.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.