Dave also co-hosts I've Got a Beatles Podcast, which can be listened to here:
One of the first (if not THE first - I'm afraid I don't remember clearly) interviews I ever gave was on his podcast shortly after releasing my first book "The Beatles & The Avant-Garde" back in 2013. That interview may be heard in episode 55. He's apparently been quite busy since then because this past Tuesday he published episode 87: part 2 of an interview with Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series and coordinator for the Beatles at the Ridge festival, which will be held next weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (www.beatlesattheridge.com).
Embarrassingly, I have not been keeping up with Dave's podcasts. Shame on me! But I look forward to catching up :-)
Thursday, 8 September 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library: Smithville, 120 Richardson St, Smithville, MO
From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America
Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
Saturday, 10 September 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library: Kearney, 100 Platte Clay Way, Kearney, MO
The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on The Beatles
Before the Beatles ever wrote their own songs or performed on stage, they were inspired to do so by American rock 'n' roll records. This 90-minute multimedia program will illustrate the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and other American recording artists from the 1950's on the Beatles through side-by-side comparisons and musical analysis of Beatles covers and original recordings.
Unfortunately, I have no BEATLES MINUTES that preview the morning program (maybe I should make one!). But this one, analyzing rhythm in "Here Comes The Sun", will be covered in tomorrow's afternoon session: