September 10: "The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on The Beatles" & "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties"
Today was the first off-day of the tour. I spent a few hours of my free time over lunch with UMKC professor and fellow Beatles scholar David Thurmaier - not to be confused with the Thermians from the 1999 Tim Allen film Galaxy Quest!
Dave and I first crossed paths in February 2014 at the International Beatles Festival at Penn State Altoona. We've stayed in touch, and he's serving as editor for my book BEATLESTUDY, volume 1: Structural Analysis of Beatles Music, to be published in 2017.
Dave also co-hosts I've Got a Beatles Podcast, which can be listened to here:
One of the first (if not THE first - I'm afraid I don't remember clearly) interviews I ever gave was on his podcast shortly after releasing my first book "The Beatles & The Avant-Garde" back in 2013. That interview may be heard in episode 55. He's apparently been quite busy since then because this past Tuesday he published episode 87: part 2 of an interview with Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series and coordinator for the Beatles at the Ridge festival, which will be held next weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas (www.beatlesattheridge.com).
Embarrassingly, I have not been keeping up with Dave's podcasts. Shame on me! But I look forward to catching up :-)
I make up for today's lack of commitments with 2 presentations tomorrow:
Thursday, 8 September 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library: Smithville, 120 Richardson St, Smithville, MO
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. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. 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.
Saturday, 10 September 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mid-Continent Public Library: Kearney, 100 Platte Clay Way, Kearney, MO
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.
Unfortunately, I have no BEATLES MINUTES that preview the morning program (maybe I should make one!). But this one, analyzing rhythm in "Here Comes The Sun", will be covered in tomorrow's afternoon session:
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.