Here’s a little something to put on your calendar to attend in November…The Beatles’ The White Album: An International Symposium to be held on November 8-11, 2018 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. The keynote speaker will be Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn. Other speakers will include Geoff Emerick, Chris Thomas, Walter Everett, Bruce Spizer, and Tim Riley. The conference them will be: “Producing an Enigma for the Ages” .
If you plan to attend, on the first night of the conference (November 8th), be sure to buy tickets to see The Weeklings in concert. You may remember my review of their last album back in November 2016. If not, you can read more about them and their Beatlesque sound here.
Currently, host Kenneth Womack is still in the process of accepting abstracts for any Beatles experts and authors that wish to speak at this event, but the deadline is drawing near (August 20, 2018), so if you’re interested in presenting at this symposium, you can find the information about how to submit a paper for consideration at: https://www.monmouth.edu/mca/whitealbum/.
For all the Beatles fans and freaks that want to attend, keep your eyes and ears up for more information on tickets to this grand event!
The lecture was given by Vivek J. Tiwary – a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group. He also just happens to be the author of the graphic novel and #1 New York Times bestseller – The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. I’ve attended events in the past where Vivek was appearing with his book, but I’ve never had the opportunity to actually meet or hear him speak.
Well, it turns out Mr. Tiwary can speak very well…and A LOT! (I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced hearing someone who can digress so far from his original thought and still remember to bring it back around.) His lecture on Brian Epstein was remarkably informative from the angle of Brian being not only gay, but Jewish in 1960’s Liverpool, England. He explained such issues as how Brian worked around his ethnicity by joining forces with other Jews in the music industry at the time, such as Sid Bernstein, when the two connected to bring the Beatles to America.
After a 45 minute presentation, came the audience Q&A. Vivek stepped up again and spent another 45 minutes in an intimate discussion with the audience about Brian, the Beatles and race. I’m glad I finally made the time and effort to see Vivek J. Tiwary speak and I wouldn’t hesitate to go see him again. I’d also recommend any Beatles Freak who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing him speak should find the time if they are presented with the opportunity! And for that reason…
I give this lecture/Vivek, 4 out of 4 Beatles!
Note: Vivek’s book, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story is being made into a film or possibly a mini series for TV. Which format would you rather see this film made?