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MUSIC | The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential band of all time.

The Beatles: Four Extraordinary Albums That Transformed Pop Music – Day 1

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Date(s) - 04/25/2020
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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REGISTER TODAY | Please Note: This course has a different format and schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. This course is now a virtual course and will meet live via Zoom videoconference on April 25, April 26, May 2, and May 3 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (PT).

Nearly sixty years after they exploded onto the music scene, The Beatles still capture our imagination as few groups have. In this two-day intensive course, we will delve into The Beatles’ career, development, and songwriting process through a deep dive into four extraordinary albums.

After their first single, “Love Me Do,” reached the UK Top 20, The Beatles recorded most of the album Please Please Me (1963) in one grueling twelve-plus-hour day at EMI Recording Studios. A Hard Day’s Night (1964), the group’s first album of all original songs, captured the height of Beatlemania as the band members’ interests began to diverge from performance to songwriting. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) is often considered to be the first “concept album.” Pepper is a brilliant recording never meant to be performed live, and its release put to rest fevered rumors of the post-touring Beatles breakup. The Beatles (1968) was a bold, unprecedented, messy double album nicknamed “The White Album.” Their first album on the new Apple label marked the end of their psychedelic period and the introduction of Yoko Ono. New scholarship has highlighted this album’s artistic brilliance and previously unknown warm, collaborative process.

The course will include lectures, discussions, and the opportunity to listen closely to individual tracks, as we examine the studio process, equipment, techniques, and songwriting craft that brought these albums to life.

Joel Phillip Friedman, Composer; Lecturer

Joel Phillip Friedman’s concert, theater, and film music has been performed worldwide at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, on London’s West End, and in Off-Broadway theaters. Friedman has taught at Swarthmore, Georgetown, Stanford, and Catholic University. He received a DMA from Columbia, where he was a President’s Fellow.

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