The Beatles: The Musical Revolution with Richard Bowen

The Beatles: The Musical Revolution with Richard Bowen


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The cultural impact that the Beatles had in the sixties on popular music and their development from a simple rock and roll band to the multi-million selling quartet that changed the Western world's perception of modern music is quite something. This conversation will trace the story behind Liverpool’s most famous band, The Beatles, including a discussion of the social influence the group also had at the time including such aspects as Beatlemania. We’ll learn about their first meetings, their world tours, and eventual split. This is a fitting conversation for anyone with an interest in one of the world’s most iconic musical groups or who may simply enjoy tapping their foot to ‘Yellow Submarine’.

Led by an expert in rock music, Richard Bowen, this interactive seminar will focus on the cultural influence that the Beatles had on popular music in the 1960s, and will analyze how they changed from being a simple rock and roll band from Liverpool to become, perhaps, one of the most innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Time will be spent discussing their recording history and experimentation with sounds in conjunction with their wider cultural and commercial achievements including such phenomena as Beatlemania. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the impact that this unique group had on Western music and society.

Photo credit: 1 May 1965 issue of Billboard by EMI

Originally from England, Richard has lived in Rome for the last fourteen years. He holds a Master's degree in medieval and twentieth-century history from London University and has a broad-minded and synthetic approach to understanding Rome. Richard works quite frequently with institutional travel organizations, such as museums and church organizations, and as a result, spends much of his time traveling all over Europe. He brings this cosmopolitan and pan-European experience to bear on his work with us in Rome, constantly making connections to other cities and countries in the course of his lectures and seminars.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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