Gteorge Martin, the Beatles' producer, died earlier this month at the age of 90. Paul McCartney lamented the loss by saying, "If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George." (Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2016-03-09/george-martin-the-perfect-catalyst-for-the-beatles-success) And indeed, Martin was an integral contributor to the band's music and hugely responsible for their artistic and commercial success.
For that reason, my blogging throughout my third tour of 2016 (24 speaking engagements in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York between April 4-29) will feature Martin-oriented subjects in addition to my standard travel documentation. It will not be an exhaustive study of Martin's contributions to the Beatles (which are so extensive that such a comprehensive catalog would take much longer than 26 days to address and critique), but rather a series of highlights - examination and consideration of "The Best of George Martin" and how his efforts enhanced the Beatles' music.
But that tour won't initiate for another few days. More immediate is my new hometown debut tomorrow night at Wolfies Grill in Carmel, Indiana:
Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wolfies Grill, Merchant Square Shopping Center, 1162 Keystone Way S, Carmel, IN
Reinventing Rock 'n' Roll: The Beatles' Rubber Soul and Revolver
The sophisticated songwriting and experimental recording techniques on the Beatles' sixth studio album Rubber Soul and seventh studio album Revolver helped establish the rock album as a legitimate art form and anticipated the “concept album” Sgt. Pepper . This 90-minute multimedia presentation will discuss and analyze highlights from both albums with the intent of explaining and illustrating how these groundbreaking practices helped shape the Beatles' music specifically and rock music in general. The program will be supplemented with audio excerpts from interviews with the band members and clips of early song drafts.
THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT, BUT THERE ARE A FEW EXTRA CHAIRS WHICH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. CONTACT JONATHAN EVANS AT firstname.lastname@example.org TO SEE IF THERE ARE STILL OPENINGS.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.