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An Introduction

MU106, Spring 2018
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:20-1:40 (ELM, Zankel 117)
Office: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 (Zankel 209) or by appointment
MU106. An introduction to the Beatles through their core repertoire, tracing their development from teens in Liverpool, through the years of "Beatlemania," into their psychedelic and post-psychedelic phases, and finally their dissolution.
Please note the changes to the ways you access some of the materials.
The Beatles: An Introduction (interactive site)
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Watch the lectures and come to class ready to join the discussion. You can also invite your parents, friends, and relatives to have access to the lectures.
The goal of the class is to prepare students (a) to recognize the most important parts of the Beatles repertoire (their singles and EPs and selected highlights from albums), (b) to be able to place these recordings into appropriate biographical and cultural contexts, and (c) to be able to identify the active participants in this history and their contributions.
Classes will be in a lecture-discussion format covering the history, structure, and texts of individuals and or individual recordings.
Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
(Background: Modified version of Klaus Voorman's cover for Revolver.)
Discography Schedule Requirements Bibliography