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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.

All students will be given a signed copy of 'The Beatles and Fandom Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia' book by Richard Mills.

This course will run at The Exchange, Twickenham.

Dates and times

This course will run on Thursdays from 7pm-8.30pm on the follow dates:

  • TBC


The full cost of this course is £165

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.

Reviews: The Beatles and Fandom Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia

“I found it hard to put down … The Beatles and Fandom is absolutely recommended reading for Beatles researchers and music fandom scholars.IASPM Journal
“Mills takes a deep dive into the Beatles' history, and he explains their influential longevity and sustained credence as a group and as individual musical entities … [Those] in the world of academia will find this journey to understanding the artistic phenomenon known as the Beatles-where, why, and how it began and why it still continues-right down Penny Lane. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.CHOICE
“A fresh, comprehensive take on the fans we thought we knew for all these years! The Beatles and Fandom will be an indispensable resource for Beatles and pop culture scholars, as well as a fascinating read for anyone else seeking to know more about fans of the Fabs.;Katie Kapurch, Assistant Professor of English, Texas State, USA, and co-editor of New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles (2016)
“The Beatles and Fandom shows how looking back can be a way of creating new communities, mash-ups, tributes and commentaries. Covering an impressive variety of fan practices and media, Richard Mills challenges stereotypes and engages with the real complexities and pleasures of Beatles fandom. Whether analysing the 'journalist-as-superfan', Beatles Monthly or the band's presence on YouTube, this thought-provoking book leaves no room for doubt: fan studies is fab.Matt Hills, Professor of Journalism and Media, University of Huddersfield, UK, and author of Fan Cultures (2002)