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How Do You Sleep? Louder’s Livestream Beatles Panel Discussion

Saturday 7th November, 18.15pm

Panel Host:

Heath Common is a songwriter, poet and performance-artist from northern England. He began his musical/spoken word career performing in New York City with his mates he had previously met in Britain: Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines – the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson. He was subsequently involved with a diverse number of musicians ranging from the American guitarist John Fahey to the British indie act The Rhythm Sisters. Heath Common continues to work closely with surviving figures from the Beat Movement and is a published poet. Most recently his work features in the recently published anthology ‘Viral Verses’ (York University Press, 2020), alongside contributions from Ian McMillan, Dame Margaret Drabble, Mike Harding, Ralph McTell and Milly Johnson.

‘How Do You Sleep?’ A study of the personal and professional tensions between the four Beatles and the ways in which those same tensions impacted upon their magnificent legacy.

Panellists:

Dr. Kenneth Womack is Professor of English and Popular Music at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He is the author or editor of more than 35 books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007), the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four (2014), and a multivolume study devoted to the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin. The first book in the series, Maximum Volume, was published in 2017 and lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “an authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it.” The second volume, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years, 1966-2016), was published in 2018 and received a starred-review from Kirkus as well as acclaim in Forbes, Mojo and more. His book, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, was released in October 2019 and has received praise from The L.A. Times and Publishers Weekly amongst others. His latest book, John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life, was published in September 2020. The Music Culture writer for Salon and a guest author at Slate, Billboard, Variety, The Guardian, The Independent, NBC News, Time and USA Today, Dr. Womack delivers some 50 invited Beatles talks a year to audiences across the world.
Vikki Reilly lives in Edinburgh. She has worked in bookselling and publishing for twenty years, and is currently the Events, Marketing & Trade Liaison Manager for Publishing Scotland, Scotland’s book publishing’s trade and networking body. She was struck down by Beatlemania, thanks to her best friend’s big brother’s record collection and a C-90 cassette, when she was thirteen years old and hasn’t been the same since. As a student, she got a job in Virgin Megastore by discussing Ringo Starr’s backward fills, and – later in life – only managed the last fifteen miles of the West Highland Way by singing the Beatles back catalogue in chronological order. The Beatles 101 is her first book.Ken McNab is a lifelong Beatles fan and an awardwinning production journalist and writer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Beatles in Scotland (2008). His book ‘And In The End’ (2019) is the story of the last acrimonious days of the Beatles, a final chapter reconstructing for the first time the seismic events of 1969, the year that saw the band reach new highs of musical creativity and new lows of internal strife. Ken lives in Glasgow with his wife and children
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