While the audience at last night's "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was around 20-25, my contact that the library said it was the largest audience he'd ever seen at a program. About half the audience were students in Dr. Tod Leavitt's music class at Valdosta State University. And though I could tell several weren't engaged much at all (one yawned every few minutes, another was playing games on his phone for most of it), one student asked if any hip hop artists had used samples of Beatles music. I immediately cited The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, which combines Jay Z's Black Album with the Beatles' White Album.
The fifth track of The Grey Album, "99 problems", blends the Jay Z track of the same title with the Beatles' "Helter Skelter":
It won't appeal to everybody, but from a technical standpoint the synthesis is exceptionally well done - no doubt this took many hours of tedious editing to create such a carefully mixed product.
The second-to-last stop on this tour will be in Brentwood, TN, just South of Nashville:
Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN
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.
With the possible exception on Liverpool, I don't think I've ever delivered this program in a more appropriate geographical location!
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.