This summer, I'm teaching several lecture/demonstration classes on The Beatles, including a five-class course called "The Beatles in Their Prime: Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper," at the University of Pittsburgh's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, main campus. While this course is open only to Osher students, I'll also be teaching a two-hour course focusing on "Revolver" (released August 5, 1966) at Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. It was 50 years ago today (more or less) that these three albums first rocked the world, and they still sound catchy, innovative and even profound. Come and glean some new insights into the fascinating details of how this music was made.
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The Beatles in Their Prime: Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper
Osher Center, University of Pittsburgh (attendance restricted to Osher members), Oakland (Pittsburgh), PA
Fifty years ago, The Beatles released “Rubber Soul” – the first in a string of three LPs generally regarded as among their very best. “The Beatles in Their Prime” focuses on these three landmark recordings – why Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band still sound catchy, innovative and even profound. Through guided listening to the recordings, as well as examples played by the instructor on guitar, this five-session presentation will explore the following topics: - What made the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership/rivalry magical -The role of producer George Martin (R.I.P. March 8, 2016), sometimes called “The Fifth Beatle” -The group’s innovative use of emerging recording studio technology - How the band was influenced by Indian ragas, Bob Dylan, musique concrete and the Beach Boys - How cultural currents of the 1960s, from drugs to Eastern religions, shaped The Beatles, and vice-versa
Peter King is a guitar teacher, performer and lecturer who lives in Aspinwall. He worked as a pop and jazz music critic at The Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and earned an M.M. in guitar performance at Duquesne University. He has released two CDs, “The Road to Ubatuba” and “Dancing on a Long Leash” and is recording a third.