Upon checking Twitter this morning, I discovered that Scott Freiman's lecture series Deconstructing The Beatles is being turned into a documentary series of the same name. The first, Deconstructing The White Album, is scheduled to open in theaters on Wednesday, November 16. Here's the trailer:
While I've never met or attended any of Scott's presentations, I have heard extraordinary things about them. But we've never been in the same place at the same time, so I've never had the opportunity. Now that he's recorded his lectures, I will FINALLY have the chance!
At least, I hope so.
Unfortunately, it appears that its run is limited to just one day at most theaters. I know there are all sorts of legal complications regarding copyright, which is a major reason I have never recorded my presentations (in face-to-face educational contexts I can play copyrighted clips under fair use provisions, but to record and reproduce those same clips does not). The full schedule is available here: http://www.beatleslectures.com/see-the-film/
It appears that November 16 is the ONLY day to watch the film, except for a few lucky locations. While it is being shown at many locations around the Milwaukee/Chicago area, I'll be busy that evening delivering "The Beatles & The Rolling Stones" at the Fremont library in Mundelein, IL. So maybe I won't be able to see it, which would be a tremendous disappointment!
Regardless of what happens Wednesday, tomorrow I'll be doing my Beatles thing in Franklin, WI:
Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd, Franklin, WI
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. 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.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.