Last month at Beatles at the Ridge, Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles And Me On Tour, observed my musical notation drawings and suggested I also sell the cover photo from my book From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America.
The photo layers a shot of Kennedy with The Beatles in the background, as if emerging from JFK's shadow. While I'm much more of a musical artist than a visual one, I'm quite proud of what I was able to do with this picture. It took many hours of work and lots of trial and error to get the right alignment, coloration, and contrast. Perhaps some day I'll blog of the various steps behind creating the image, but not today.
Anyway, taking Ivor's advice, I printed and framed the picture, and added it to my sales table.
Ivor, next time I see you, I'll give you a complementary framed image as a thank-you for making the suggestion.
Along with "Darth Yoko" that Kennedy/Beatles image will be available for purchase after all my presentations, but it's especially appropriate for tomorrow's topic.
Sunday, 16 October 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Norwell Public Library, 64 South St, Norwell, MA
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.