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Exhibit Review: “The Sixties: The Age of Aquarius” at West Chester Historical Society, West Chester, PA

WP_20160702_019[1]Currently running at my local historical society is an exhibit called The Sixties: The Age of Aquarius in Chester County. This exhibit opened in November 2015 and will run through August 27, 2016.

Don’t be fooled by the name of this exhibit, it stretches well beyond just Chester County and is a feast for the eyes and mind of any 60’s enthusiast! This small, but powerful exhibit is filled with pictures, fashions and all types of memorabilia from the decade that was a turning point for so many of us and continues to influence generation after generation.

From their website:

This installation will include fashion, civil rights, computers and business equipment, women’s rights, music, helicopters, the Viet Nam War, and historic preservation.  For some, life was a struggle to move beyond the status quo.  Opportunity was not always equal. For others, life was good and getting better.

 

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If you can’t make it out to Chester County, PA, local gal-pal Mod Betty (aka Beth Lennon (no relation to John)), of Retro Roadmap fame, was interviewed by WHYY-TV (PBS) in Philadelphia while touring the exhibit! Check it out: The Age of Aquarius in Chester County

If your inner hippie feels inclined to visit Chester County, PA or suburban Philadelphia this summer, this is a must see exhibit in the heart of West Chester.  And for that reason…

I rate this exhibit, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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Johnny come lately, the new kid in town…

PSU Beatles

“Everybody’s talking
There’s a new kid in town
People started walking
There’s a new kid in town” – Eagles

With the approach of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles coming to the United States, it seems that new events, festivals and conferences are popping up everywhere to celebrate the occasion.  And though the Fest for Beatles Fans is the biggest fest around, some of the others aren’t to shabby!

One of the biggest events will be at Penn State University in Altoona, PA on the weekend of February 7-9, 2014 and is called ‘It was 50 Years Ago Today: An International Beatles Celebration.’  This three day event isn’t a festival.  It’s a conference.  According to their website, “In addition to panels and presentations, the conference will include film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits, and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists.”

The director of this event is Dr. Kenneth Womack, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at PSU Altoona, and the author of: Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles, The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, And the Fab Four and the soon to be released The Beatles Encyclopedia [2 volumes]: Everything Fab Four.

A few of the respected 50+ experts set to appear at this conference are:

Mark Lewisohn – regarded as  one of the world’s leading Beatles authorities, Mark is the author of the NY Times bestseller Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Volume 1.

Andy Babiuk – the foremost authority on the equipment used to create the Beatles’ music and the author of Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio.  Andy is also a staff consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Walter Everett – the author of the Beatles As Musicians book series, Mr. Everett is also a member of the School of Music faculty at the University of Michigan and the author of The Foundations of Rock.

Jude Southerland Kessler – a Beatles expert, author and host of her own radio show, Ms. Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series.  She has spent nearly 30 years researching John Lennon and the Beatles for her 9 book series., making her a leading expert on the topic of the Fab Four.

Dr. Kit O’Toole – For over 19 years, Dr. O’Toole has written music, concert, and book reviews, interviews, popular culture essays, and technology “how to” articles.  Her work has appeared at: Blogcritics.org, Something Else Reviews, Blinded by Sound, Cinema Sentries, Seattle PI and Beatlefan magazine.

This is definitely set to be one of the most intellectual of all the Beatles events to be held in 2014!  And what’s cool about their registration is that you not only can you sign up for which days you would like to attend, you can add your meals and accommodations to your package as you like!

For more information on this conference, along with a schedule of events & presenters, and registration, check out their website: http://www.altoona.psu.edu/beatles.

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