Penn State Laureate to discuss history of the Beatles

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack will share insights into the history of the Beatles through a multimedia presentation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Room 121 in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building at Penn State Berks. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles" traces the Beatles' songwriting practices, recording artistry and musicianship from its early, primitive recordings through the aesthetic heights of "Abbey Road" at the twilight of the band's career.

Womack is a professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona and the 2013-14 Penn State Laureate. An honorary position established in 2008, the laureate is a full-time faculty member who spends half of one academic year traveling the state to promote the arts and humanities.

In addition, Womack is the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including three books on the Beatles: "Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles" and "The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles," which was named as The Independent's Music Book of the Year. His latest Beatles-oriented work, "The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four," will be released this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the group's legendary appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

He is also the author of three historical novels: "John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel," which earned ForeWord Review’s Bronze Award for Literary Fiction; "The Restaurant at the End of the World," which earned a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction; and "Playing the Angel."

For more information, contact Jayne Brown, senior lecturer in English, at 610-396-6041 or [email protected].


Jayne Brown

Jayne Brown, Senior Lecturer in English at Penn State Berks

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