Beatles 'White Album' 50th Anniversary Symposium Coming To Monmouth University
PublicThe much-anticipated release of The Beatles (popularized as The White Album) box set, remixed and repackaged with previously unreleased outtakes, will take center stage November 8-11, 2018 at Monmouth University's international symposium commemorating the album's original release back in November 1968. Tickets are available now at: Monmouth.edu/WhiteAlbum
The White Album 50th anniversary reissue has been officially announced by Apple Corps Ltd. as being available on November 9. Monmouth University will host a special listening party at midnight on November 8, with copies available for purchase at that time and throughout the event. Special guests at the party (and throughout the weekend) will include keynote speaker Mark Lewisohn, world-renowned Beatles historian, as well as record producer Chris Thomas, who worked on the original album in 1968.
Dr. Kenneth Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth and critically-acclaimed Beatles author, is spearheading the conference activities. "Monmouth University will be the place to be this November, as the world comes together to celebrate one of the Beatles' most remarkable musical achievements. Fans will be treated to listening parties, live performances, and expert panels on the album's enduring legacy."
Other special guests at the symposium include former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield, music journalist Rob Sheffield, and musicologist Walter Everett of the University of Michigan. In addition, events will feature the premiere of the film The Beatles in India by Paul Saltzman (who was in Rishikesh at the same time as the Beatles in 1968), and a concert performance by Beatle-esque Jersey Shore favorites, The Weeklings. A top-drawer cast of experts will also be on hand, including Bruce Spizer, Scott Freiman, Allan Kozinn, Tim Riley, Jude Southerland Kessler, Tom Frangione, Ken Dashow, and a host of others.
Monmouth University, a member of the GRAMMY Museum's affiliate program, is presenting the four-day symposium in association with the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music.
Copies of the White Album available for purchase at the event come courtesy of the official Fest for Beatles Fans store, operated by Fest founder Mark Lapidos. The Fest will be sharing a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the box sets with Monmouth University to support student scholarships.