Yesterday's English debut of "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties" at the Crosby library went exceptionally well! Had about 40 people in attendance, who asked some great questions afterward and brought up some new points and ideas I had never previously considered.
One asked about the pronunciation of the band's name. I've never paid any attention, but it appears that Brits articulate the "t" in "Beatles" unvoiced (meaning as the "t" in "two"), while Americans (myself included) tend to articulate is voiced (meaning as the "d" in "date").In other words, the English say "BEE-tles" where Americans say "BEE-dles". I had never noticed it before, but it appears to be true.
Also in the audience were many notable Liverpudlian rock musicians and critics. Sam Hardie, pianist in Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes (a band mentioned in many Beatles books), was very complimentary. Another, whose name I've unfortunately forgotten but he was a drummer in another Liverpool rock band in the Sixties, told a story of how when Ringo discovered one of his cymbals had a crack, Ringo gave the cymbal to him. A few others mentioned seeing the Beatles perform in the Cavern in the early Sixties.
Also in attendance was Spencer Leigh, one of the world's authorities on the Beatles, and author of some 25 books, including The Beatles in Hamburg: The Stories, the Scene and How It All Began, The Cavern Club: The Rise of the Beatles and Merseybeat, and Best of the Beatles: The Sacking of Pete Best. The last of those I had just purchased on Tuesday at Waterstones booksellers in downtown Liverpool and Spencer was kind enough to sign the book for me. He also invited me to visit Radio Merseyside this afternoon for an interview on his weekly radio show. The conversation is scheduled for broadcast in a couple of weeks.
Today's program will be at the Liverpool Central Library:
Thursday, 16 July 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EW, United Kingdom
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.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.