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Saturday, October 28 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Beatles

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As the music world fragments into ever-narrower niches, by some miracle The Beatles are still finding new listeners every day who go on to soundtrack their entire lives to the Fab Four’s small clutch of timeless albums (and some of the solo work, too­—maybe). In Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield explores why, out of all the sights and sounds that emerged from the wild ferment of the ’60s, it’s these four mop-topped Liverpudlians who continue to hold us rapt. But even if love for The Beatles is nigh universal, everyone has their own history with the music, and in the new anthology In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, nearly thirty writers explain which tracks have resonated with them through the years. The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik argues for the richness of the thematic interplay between the two songs on the landmark “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields” single; longtime music journalist and biographer Alan Light sees deep currents within early hit “I Saw Her Standing There”; and Touré, author most recently of I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, tackles the other end of The Beatles’ short, magnificent time together by looking at the globe-trotting “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” the band’s final song to reach number one in the UK. The moderator and Fifth Beatle (Fan) for this discussion is WBUR’s Shira Springer.

Moderators
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Shira Springer

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for NPR and WBUR. She also writes a regular column on women’s sports for the Boston Globe and features for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She has written for the Globe for twenty years, covering the city’s four major professional teams, including seven years on the Celtics beat. Springer contributed to the essay collections Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love and A History of Jewish Connecticut: Mensches, Migrants and Mitzvahs. Her writing will also be published in the upcoming anthology Upon Further Review: Great Sports Minds Imagine How the World Would Change if a Play, Trade, Injury or... Read More →

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Adam Gopnik

For more than thirty years, Adam Gopnik has written about artistic culture from every angle in the pages of the New Yorker and of his own books. After graduating from McGill University, Gopnik moved to New York City in 1986 and began his career at the New Yorker. He served as the... Read More →
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Alan Light

Alan Light dedicated his career to writing about music and has become a leading voice in contemporary music criticism. He has written and edited for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin (where he was editor-in-chief), and Vibe (where he was both the founder and editor-in-chief). He has also contributed to music journalism in longform and is the author of a five nonfiction works about some of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years. He is the author of The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys (2005); The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of... Read More →
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Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a bestselling writer and music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone for two decades. He is perhaps best known for his two books Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time (2007) and Talking to Girls about Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut (2011). He has also written Turn Around Bright Eyes; Rituals of Love and Karaoke (2013) and On Bowie (2016). His latest book is Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World (2017), which Mashable called... Read More →
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Touré

Touré is a writer, podcaster, television host who has focused on music and popular culture, as well as social problems. He is the host of the television show Bingeworthy and of the podcasts Love City and The Touré Show. He is the former host of The Cycle (2012–2015) on MSNBC and of Hip Hop Shop on Fuse. His writing has been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and other national outlets, and is the author of several books. These include I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (2013) and... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA