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A French Ph.D. in Beatles

A dreadful night, the cold moved into my face, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t sleep. Feeling 100 years old today. But – there’s coffee, there’s a delicious dinner in the fridge made for me by my son, there are all kinds of interesting things on the internet and in the newspaper and there’s a library book of essays by A. L. Kennedy, a wonderful Scottish writer. I will go back to bed and moon about. Life goes on.

Just received this from dear friend Lynn in France, the program of an extremely serious academic conference on the Beatles: the Beatles and the British Left, the birth of youth culture in England, the recording studio, progressive rock – those are the only ones among these abstruse topics that I understand. How I’d love to be there, surrounded by those rare creatures, stern French academics and Beatlemaniacs in one.

Lynn writes, “How wonderful that The Beatles are the topic for the concours national of the Grandes Ecoles prep schools ( the most prestigious post-baccalaureat schools in France).”


Programme de la journée
9h15 : accueil
9h30 : présentation de la journée d’études / concert
9h45 : Bertrand Lemonnier (Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris), Les Beatles : un objet d’histoire ?
10h25 : Jeremy Tranmer (Université de Lorraine), Beatles for Sale ? Les Beatles et la gauche britannique
11h05 : Pause
11h20 : Sarah Pickard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Les Beatles et la naissance de la culture des jeunes en Grande-Bretagne
12h00 : Moreno Andreatta (IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC), Hey Maths ! Modèles formels et computationnels au service des Beatles
12h40 : Discussion et pause déjeuner ; première session de concert
11h45-14h45, dans la cour du bâtiment 1ers cycles : 944, paysage sonore de Michel Bertier autour de Revolution 9
14h00 : Guillaume Gilles (Université Paris VIII), Les reprises des Beatles et la naissance d’un style
14h40 : Matthieu Thibault (Université d’Évry-Val-d’Essonne), L’utilisation du studio d’enregistrement dans Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
15h20 : Pause
15h35 : Christophe Pirenne (Université de Liège), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band comme pierre angulaire du rock progressif
16h15 : Olivier Julien (Université Paris-Sorbonne), The Long and Winding Road : entre musique produite et « simples chansons de rock ’n’ roll », la période studio des Beatles
17h15 : Conclusion de la journée
17h30 : seconde session de concert

Be there or be square. 



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