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The Beatles: A Magical History Tour

Following the success of The Beatles in Twickenham exhibition held at The Exchange in 2019, join us for a deeper dive into the history of the Fab Four.

Led by 1960s cultural expert Dr Richard Mills, this six-week course will explore The Beatles’ rise to stardom and their legacy in the context of broader themes, like gender and fandom, 60s counterculture, and modern retromania.

Whether you’re an Apple Scruff looking to relive the good old days, a third-generation millennial fan, or just want to learn a bit more about the swinging sixties, all are welcome on our magical history tour.

Dates and times

This course will run every Wednesday at The Exchange, Twickenham between 15th January - 19th February 2020,  7-8.30pm.

Price

The full cost of this course is £110.

A copy of the book Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald is included in the course fee and is yours to keep.

Course content

Week one: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Beatlemania, gender, feminism and Beatles fandom, 1962-1966.

Week two: Prophets or Fools of the Counterculture

The Beatles, psychedelia, India Beatles and the counter culture, 1967-1970.

Week three: The Beatles' White Album

Week four: The Beatles' Final Years

Abbey Road (1969) and Let it Be (1970).

Week five: The Marvelettes to Stockhausen

Musical influences on The Beatles.

Week six: And in the End

Beatles walks, Beatles tribute bands, Beatles on YouTube, fan fiction, retromania and museum heritage.