How The Beatles Changed Everything

Jul 20, 2018
Neal Harkness

Belfast — Belfast Free Library’s summer’s theme is Libraries Rock! A related Summer Lecture Series offers talks on different periods in rock music history. The series continues Monday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., with a talk by Neal Harkness titled How The Beatles Changed Everything.

When the Beatles first arrived on the music scene, they were hailed as innovators. But beyond their own achievements as writers, performers, and recording artists, they had a profound effect on world culture. In this talk, Harkness will provide examples of the influence the Beatles had on other musicians and discuss how they changed not just the course of popular music, but also examine the influence they had in film, fashion, politics and other areas, from haircuts to Hare Krishna.

Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and was a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. His courses on the history of rock ‘n’ roll have been very popular at the local Senior College.

The final lecture in the series, That Sweet Soul Music with Harkness, is set for Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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