This talk focuses on The Beatles first LP and 1963 – the year the world changed! It tracks the rise of the Liverpool group and the socio-cultural phenomenon they were to become. Fashion, music, design, politics and economics are all featured. In it, we see the ingredients of cultural revolution.
The aim is to offer a documentary analysis of the world that shaped The Beatles and show how it was that they had such an impact. The discussion will include ideas derived from the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, and some commentary on changing commercial practices of the period. Most of all, however, is the music, and the talk will be copiously illustrated with a selection of tracks drawn from Please, Please Me, and reflections on the nature of popular aesthetics. There will also be space to address what happened next and how the whole phenomenon came to a sticky end.
Date: Thursday, 17 November
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Theatre H237, Building H, Monash University, Caulfield Campus