Phone: (864) 597-4528
Office: Olin 204F
Office Hours: By appointment
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me by email or phone, or stop by my office during office hours. You can also try to catch me at other times or make an appointment. I am always happy to talk!
We will meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00AM-12:00PM in Olin 103.
We will read The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz.
In addition, you will need to have access to all 13 of the Beatles' studio albums:
The Beatles were arguably the most influential and innovative musical group in the history of popular music. They were one of the first groups to write and play their own music (ushering in the era of the "self-contained band"), and practically every one of their albums broke new ground. This course will take you on a magical mystery tour of The Beatles starting from their earliest days in Liverpool, moving through the excitement of Beatlemania, the rush of psychedelia, and the maturity of Abbey Road. We will also go beyond their breakup to investigate their solo careers and the lasting impact they left on the world.
Intense listening and analysis of music will comprise much of this course, along with the viewing of Beatles documentaries and the Beatles' own films. Topics students will investigate include the music, lyrics, recordings, personal and public lives, production techniques, career strategy, social ramifications, and technological impact of The Beatles. By the end of the course, you will fully understand why the names John, Paul, George, and Ringo are permanently engraved in history.
By taking this course, my goal is for you to:
This course is pass/fail. To pass, you should attend all class periods, complete the assigned readings from the book, listen to the albums, participate in in-class discussions, and complete the assigned projects.
You are required to attend class. Missing one class period will result in a warning, and missing a second will result in a failing grade.
During in-class discussions and while watching movies, the use of devices (notebook, phone, tablet, etc.) will not be allowed. I expect your full attention while in class. Not only are you missing out and inhibiting your learning, but it is often a distraction to others as well.
Please do not be late to class. If you follow a pattern of always being late to class, you will not receiving a passing grade.
I will use email for all communication. Feel free to contact me using "firstname.lastname@example.org".
If you need accomodations with anything, please contact both the Wofford Accessibility Services and myself at the beginning of the semester.