Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 9, 2011

Closing in on the Elusive Beatles


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CLOSING IN ON THE ELUSIVE BEATLES

On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles, with their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, made their first American television appearance—LIVE—on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    My friend Lois is considering visiting Liverpool, England, the birthplace of her beloved Beatles.

       

     I handed her an article describing the first person, a Canadian woman, to earn a master’s degree in Beatles studies. Lois now wants to apply to Liverpool Hope University to join a unique group of people pursuing a degree in the graduate school’s major, The Beatles, Popular music and Society. Of course, she can’t be among the twelve persons privileged to be in the first class. She’d have to be in a future class.

     Lois now has a more realistic dream—visiting the Northwestern University Library, where the lyrics of seven of the Fab Four’s songs are being showcased. They were formerly housed at the Music Library, and could be seen only by appointment. However, following a large number of requests, the library decided to put the items on display this spring.

BEATLE'S LYRICS AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

     The lyrics might look somewhat unconventional, because the Beatles couldn’t read music. They were handwritten on a manila envelope or jotted on a torn-out piece of lined notebook paper, and include mostly lyrics with an occasional watercolor painting.

     Composer and collector John Cage donated the lyrics he had amassed through his friend, Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow. When he heard that Don Roberts, the previous head of the Music Library, was collecting written music, John contacted him.

     “”These are probably some of the most valuable items that the Northwestern University Library holds,” said D. J. Hoek, head of the Music Library.

     After reading this, and hearing that my husband Monte and I are planning a trip to Northwestern University in the near future (Monte wants to attend a wrestling match there; I want to meet my new-found sister who lives just north of the university) Lois is considering hiding in the trunk of our car so she can witness these original Beatle lyrics.

     Unfortunately, our trunk is filled with construction items, and knowing Monte, they won’t be cleaned out. Poor Lois—she’ll have to settle for whatever memorabilia we can bring back. We may be the lucky ones to view the Beatle’s lyrics.

 SOURCE

Northwestern Magazine: Summer 2008

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ADDITIONAL READING:

FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…So Reluctantly I Go

SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

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