This spring and summer, I'm teaching several lecture/demonstration classes on The Beatles, including a five-class course at the University of Pittsburgh's Osher Center. While that course is limited to Osher students, anyone (this means you) can attend another Beatles presentation I'm giving at Shaler Library Friday on April 15.
Here are the details:
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
The Beatles’ Double Play
Shaler North Hills Library
1822 Mt. Royal Blvd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116
The Beatles Double Play will focus on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – two successive LPs on the short list of the group’s very best music. Why do these albums still sound catchy, innovative and even profound a half-century after they were made?
Through guided listening to the recordings, as well as examples played by the instructor on guitar, the 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.” He is currently recording his third CD.