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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

Tune in via Zoom on December 5 at 11 a.m. as John F. Lyons, Professor of History at Joliet Junior College, examines the impact of the Beatles on 1960s Chicago.

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.

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:

Details on how to access this presentation will be added soon.

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