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Beatles mementoes at the Moore Building

by Michael Betzold

From the July, 2017 issue

In an autographed early photo on a program playbill, Paul McCartney had drawn an arrow pointing to his face--Walter Everett's not sure whether out of impishness or insecurity that the viewer might not know which Beatle he was.

The faded playbill is one of forty-six rare Fab Four artifacts in a new Beatles exhibit at the music library on the third floor of the Moore Building on North Campus, where Everett teaches at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Drawn mostly from Everett's personal collection, it was put up for a June symposium marking the fiftieth anniversary of the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Everett, who wrote the two-volume series The Beatles as Musicians, assembled academics and authors from all over North America and England.

With some attendees in Beatles fan garb, it had the air of a nerdy grad student summer reunion with both playful and heavy academic presentations, including papers on "Is Pepper Poetry?," "Beatles Mechanisms of Self-Irreverence," and "Harmonizing Marmalade Skies: PL Voice Leading and the Uncanny in Pop Music."

Everett expects the exhibit will stay up until at least the start of fall term.    (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2017.]


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