What is the course about?
Through analysis of their music, a history of the Fab Four and a cultural history of the 1960s we will explore how John, Paul, George & Ringo came to define the Twentieth century’s most turbulent decade. From Love Me Do to the Abbey Road medley, we will explore the Beatles’ music making in the context of cultural, technical and personal developments. We will explore their influences and their impact on their contemporaries.
What will we cover?
- The music of the Beatles including A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver and Abbey Road.
- A cultural history of the 1960s against the wider backdrop of the political and social landscape.
- A history of the Beatles and its members – their lives over the course of the decade from their forming as a group to their break up.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Appreciate the role of the Beatles in the cultural life of the 1960s.
- Understand the musical background to several Beatles albums.
- Identify themes and ideas in several Beatles albums and tracks.
- Show an understanding of the Beatles as a group and individuals.
- Have greater awareness of the history of the Nineteen Sixties.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners although there will be some discussion of musical themes and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. The course will use a variety of materials including audio recordings and film footage.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. However, you may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend (MD622B) Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details