University of Rochester

The Music of the Beatles

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John Covach

Instructor: John Covach

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Beginner level
No prior experience required
14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Students will be able to summarize and describe the evolution of the Beatles from their early days to Beatlemania and beyond.

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There are 7 modules in this course

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5 videos4 readings

The Beatles as pop craftsmen. Study of cover versions at Cavern and Hamburg shows, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and the singles from this period.

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9 videos1 quiz

The Beatles begin to move toward the artist model. Music from A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and singles from this period. From this point on we will closely follow particular authorship of songs, keeping track of John, Paul, and George as individual songwriters.

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8 videos1 quiz

Increased experimentation, still mostly within the context of the pop single. The increasingly important role of the recording studio and recording techniques and innovations. Help!, Rubber Soul, and singles from this period.

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7 videos1 quiz

The artist model comes into full bloom. The rise of importance of the album and idea-driven projects. Revolver, "Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields," Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and other singles from this period, including the tracks that would end up on Yellow Submarine.

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9 videos1 quiz

The White Album both begins a return to roots while also continuing the musical experimentation of the earlier music, but now each song is less of a group effort. Creative differences arise. The White Album and singles from this period.

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9 videos1 quiz

Once there was a way to get back home. The Get Back sessions embrace a return-to-simplicity approach but are aborted. Abbey Road attempts to get back to the band's previous manner of working. Let It Be combines material from Get Back with newly recorded tracks. Abbey Road, Let It Be, and singles from this period.

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9 videos1 quiz

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4.9 (137 ratings)
John Covach
University of Rochester
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