Springsteen Archives & Center to host Beatles symposium in February

by JAY LUSTIG
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The Beatles in 1964.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles in the United States, The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University in West Long Branch will present an all-day symposium, Feb. 3, titled “Get Back … to 1964,” with panel discussions, interviews, book signings and performances of early Beatles songs.

Participants will include authors Kenneth Womack (“Living the Beatles Legend: The Untold Story of Mal Evans,” “John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life”) and Bruce Spizer (“The Beatles Album Series”); DJs Dennis Elsas (WFUV, SiriusXM) and Tom Frangione (SiriusXM); and Jim Babjak of The Smithereens.

“The arrival of the Beatles in February 1964 profoundly changed the course of American music,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the archives/center, in a press release. “They inspired musicians here from New York to San Francisco and brought to rock & roll brand new ideas as to how the music could be made.”

“The Beatles transformed American music, fashion and culture,” said Eileen Chapman, director of the archives/center. “Their mop-top hair styles, Beatle boots and mod clothing became an overnight obsession in the 1960s. They encouraged the younger generation to take a deeper look at what was happening in the world.”

Tickets will go on sale Dec. 18 at noon at Monmouth University’s box office in the Ocean First Bank Center, and at springsteenarchives.org.

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