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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.

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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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Church of the Covenant