Yesterday's Sgt. Pepper program in Indianapolis went exceptionally well - and it's really interesting to note the differences between the locations of Tuesday's A Hard Day's Night program and yesterday's Pepper. I found the auditorium on Tuesday dulled the audience's engagement, and the community room yesterday had the complete opposite effect - they were completely with me for the whole program! About the same number of people attended both (30-40), but the auditorium was quite large and the community room quite small. So even though they were equally well-attended, the Pepper program felt much fuller because the room was at capacity while the auditorium was only 10% full. Anyway, it reinforces the notion that I will request community rooms over auditoriums for future programs.
August concludes with the 31st and final of my summer Beatles programs, "The Beatles: Band of the Sixites" at the central location of the Allen County Public Library (900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN) from 7-8:30pm.
Yesterday I presented on A Hard Day's Night at the central branch off the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. It was very interesting speaking in an auditorium - it gave a very different atmosphere from the multipurpose "community rooms" where I usually present. On one hand, it was great to be in a super nice room with a huge screen and high quality speakers. On the other hand, though, it had a much more formal atmosphere. It felt rather similar to the academic programs I sometimes give at universities, which (obviously) have a more academic flavor. The auditorium also had an interesting effect on the audience. Whenever performing in any context, there's a certain energy that exists between performer and audience. I typically sense a very strong connection when speaking on the Beatles (that energy during the program at Glendale on Sunday was particularly strong). But last night the auditorium seemed to dull that connection. Up on stage, it was very difficult to feel any sort of response from my audience. I certainly didn't get bad vibes (and I did receive many nice compliments afterward), but during the program itself it felt rather sedate.
The Indianapolis portion of my Indiana lecture tour concludes today at the Irvington Branch (5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis, IN) with the Indiana premier of "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from 6-7:30pm.
"A Hard Day's Night: The Music & The Movie" at the Central Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
My mini tour of Indiana continues today with the Indiana premiere of "A Hard Day's Night: The Music & The Movie" at the Central branch of the IMCPL (40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN) from 6-7:30pm. I'm that told a DJ will be playing Beatles music as a prelude to the presentation. I was an undergrad at Butler University when the new library opened, so I'm very pleased to be back at one of the best libraries I've ever seen!
The Indiana portion of my Beatles programs began yesterday afternoon with "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties" at the Glendale branch of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. A crowd of 77 people turned out for a standing room only crowd! I will return to the IMCPL on Tuesday for "A Hard Day's Night: The Music & The Movie" and again on Wednesday for "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
Today, however, is another round of "Band of the Sixties" at the Anderson Public Library (111 East 12th St, Anderson, IN) from 6-7:30pm.
Today begins another Beatles lecture tour of Ohio and Indiana with "A Hard Day's Night: The Music & The Movie" at the Kent Free Library (312 W Main St, Kent, OH) from 2-3:30pm. Although my formal study of the Beatles began in June 2011, my informal study of the band began a year prior in August 2010 when I checked out the audiobook of Bob Spitz's The Beatles: The Biography from the Kent Free Library. I'm also very pleased to return to location that started it all - and today marks my third program in Kent. (The only other library to host as many of my Beatles programs is the West Hartford Public Library.)
Several people have recently commented on my unfinished A/B Road blog series comparing the track listings of the bootlegs to Doug Sulpy's catalog from his book Drugs Divorce and a Slipping Image. And indeed, I abandoned the project some months back after just four of the planned twenty blogs when I realized that (A) Sulpy revised his book in 2007, which in his own words was "pretty much re-written ... from scratch", rendering the original 1994 edition that I was using pretty much worthless; and (B) others have already done what I was doing (I tried hard to find some one else's work so I wouldn't have to do it all myself - it's VERY tedious! - but someone actually found me and shared his work, which I thoroughly appreciate). In any case, here is the finished product, a thorough comparison of the A/B Road track listings with the 2007 Sulpy catalog:
Doug Sulpy's book is officially out of print, but available as an E-Book from his website for just $10! (I would have paid ten times that amount for such an excellent piece of scholarship.) You can purchase it here:
And you can read my review of the book here:
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.