The Beatles Symposium, “Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image-Materiality and Meaning” at the University of Pennsylvania will feature many top-notch authors and scholars, February 28 - March 1, 2014. The symposium will examine the historical meaning and impact of the many books that have been written about the Beatles. As we reported previously, author Jude Southerland Kessler will be there both Friday and Saturday, to do a presentation and book signing. Jude has just released her latest book in the John Lennon Series, “She Loves You”, and we asked her what her presentation will cover. She told us that she was addressing the myths that have rewritten Beatles history over the years, and will explain her theories as to why this has occurred.
She said, “The name of my presentation is "Historiography: The Rewriting of The Beatles." It's about all the myths, legends, and lies that people have spread over the past 50 years about The Beatles. I talk about the 7 factors that affect why history alters, and show specific examples of each contributing factor. For example, "promotion" is the practice of inserting a person...usually oneself...into an historical event in order to claim that that person knows "the real truth" about what happened during that moment in history. I have so many funny stories (as examples) about people who've rung me up to tell me stories about The Beatles...none of which were remotely true! Some of the other factors are 1) confusion 2) condemnation/exoneration, 3) enlightenment, and so forth.
The symposium takes place in the Class of 1978 Pavilion, at the Library’s Kislak Center, on Friday, 4:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The full list of authors and scholars that will appear are:
Larry Kane (Keynote address): Philadelphia author, journalist and broadcaster, author of two books on The Beatles and one on John Lennon, and one of several journalists who accompanied The Beatles on their first tour of America
• Walter Everett: University of Michigan, professor of music theory, is the leading expert on the music of The Beatles
• Gordon Thompson: Skidmore College, professor of music, explores The Beatles in the context of the British Invasion
• Al Sussman: Executive Editor of Beatlefan magazine, and former radio analyst for ASCAP, Al Sussman has just published an new book, Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation with Parading Press
• Donna Parsons: University of Iowa, professor of English, teaches courses on the cultural impact of The Beatles
•Jude Southerland Kessler (New Orleans): author of “She Loves You,” the 3rd volume of her nine-volume biography of John Lennon
• Eugene Halus: Immaculata University, professor of history
• Anthony DeCurtis: University of Pennsylvania, faculty lecturer in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. An award-winning writer, he has published numerous articles and reviews on The Beatles during the past 30 years.
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