Last week the library hosted an informative program by noted Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and England on all things related to this iconic group. He has also written several books on them and their effect on our culture. The library has added some of those books to our collection and they are available to check out.

The Beatles & the Avant-Garde explains the innovative thinking behind some to the band’s most infamous projects and illustrates how those artistic productions reflect the lives of their creators. The book explores the influence of Yoko Ono, as well as many others, that led The Beatles to change the world of music become a cultural phenomenon.

From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America. Many people believe that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was a major reason for the sudden popularity of The Beatles. Their reasoning is that the assassination made America sad and The Beatles made it happy again. While that might be partially true, Krerowicz shows that there is much more to it. He says that there were huge changes in society and culture leading up to this time that affected young people. Television and radio made music much more accessible to teenagers, who now had more spending money than ever before and became a powerful consumer group. They felt a personal connection to the young president, and were greatly affected by his assassination. All of this contributed to the incredible rise, and continued popularity of The Beatles.

Days in the Life: A Father and Son on a Beatles Tour. In March 2016, the author and his father, a retired newspaper reporter, traveled through several states doing presentations on The Beatles. They kept daily journals documenting their trip and their conversations, not just about The Beatles, but also baseball and birding. It is not simply a travelogue detailing the life of a touring lecturer, but also a glimpse of the relationship of a father and son who share the same interests.