Saturday, November 28, 2020


The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s (via Zoom)

Event date: 12/5/2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Export event
The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s (via Zoom)
Elaine Evans
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The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s (via Zoom)

Edgewater Historical Society

Did you know that The Beatles visited Edgewater’s Saddle and Cycle Club before their 1965 concerts? That’s just one fascinating tidbit in the new book Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s by local historian and Rogers Park resident John Lyons. Join us and Professor Lyons on Zoom at this event organized by the Edgewater Historical Society to enjoy a provocative look back at those turbulent times, the Fab Four and Chicago of the 1960’s.

For many, the Beatles offered a delightful alternative to the dull and the staid, while for others, the mop-top haircuts, the unsettling music, and the hysterical girls that greeted the British imports wherever they went were a symbol of unwelcome social and cultural change. This opposition to the group increased as the decade wore on, especially when the Beatles adopted more extreme countercultural values. This highly interactive and entertaining presentation reveals the unique connections between the Windy City and the Beatles, brings to life untold stories of the Beatles’ visits to Chicago and discusses the diverse cast of characters who were engulfed by the whirlwind of Beatlemania.

Register here to get your Zoom link.

The presentation is based on Dr. Lyons' new book, Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s, to be released by Permuted Press on December 1. Here’s the link to the book:


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