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Learn about The Beatles where they learned about themselves

The Lectures


All lectures and program content can be designed to your specifications.   Lectures are primarily delivered by Dr. Michael Brocken, one of the first in the world to receive a doctorate in Popular Music Studies.




We suggest the following topics for consideration as part of the lecture series:

1. British society and culture of the 1950s including UK responses to rock 'n' roll, Teddy Boys and skiffle all leading to Merseybeat Liverpool and venues such as the Cavern Club


2. The British entertainment business systems in which the Beatles came to move: EMI, BBC, Radio Luxembourg and pirate radio, this would lead to discussing the Beatles / Brian Epstein's understanding of the UK and US media systems culminating in their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, just post-Kennedy's assassination.


3. The Beatles and touring the US between 64-66: different audience demographics contributing to their breakdown as a live act in August 1966.


4. The songwriting secrets of the Beatles (if necessary adjusted to be suitable for non-musicians and can be explained quite easily).


5. The Beatles and the counter-culture: the growth of album-oriented outputs, changing studio technology, and changing genres


6. Beatles at the movies: one gem, two duds and an underrated TV movie


7. The Beatles in the late-1960s: Apple and the tax man, the inability to catch
up with popular music developments, internal strife


8. The end: the Beatles in court, early solo careers, the growth of new hybrids in UK and US rock: glam rock, hard rock, early punk and heavy metal - and the death of Lennon in 1980



Things to See and Do: The Beatles Story: the world’s premier exhibition devoted to the lives and time of The Beatles. The Casbah Coffee Club: The club actually lays claim to the very first public performances of The Silver Beatles as they were then known. The Childhood Homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon The Official Magical Mystery Tour: See Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields as the music plays the guide entertains you with the remarkable stories of Liverpool in the 1950s and ‘60s The famed Cavern Club

What you'll See, Do, and Learn

Dr. Michael Brocken

Dr. Brocken is the writer, program director, and senior lecturer for MA program The Beatles, Popular Music & Society at Liverpool Hope University. This remains the first (and thus far only) Masters program of its type, in the world.

The Beatles, Popular Music & Society

A Liverpool-based short term study of the music of The Beatles, as well as their impact
on both the industry, and society as a whole.

A unique opportunity for a short study program in the City of Liverpool, home of The Beatles. A brand new, innovative program, available exclusively through Select Travel Study.


The course examines the significance of the music of The Beatles within the context of society, changing social values, the world events and influences which propelled 4 lads from Liverpool to a world phenomenon, the likes of which had never been seen before. The central focus will be an academic understanding of the worlds in which The Beatles emerged and how those worlds were reflected though the creative presence of their music.


The program is suitable for all undergraduate students, but of special interest to those in the fields of music history, popular music studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, and politics. We suggest it also forms a wonderful elective option for students of all musical disciplines.


As always, we custom design every program, including this offering. As the leading faculty, you control every aspect of the program’s design. What is described here is for illustration and we look forward to collaborating with faculty and study abroad offices to create the perfect experience for your students.



Take a lesson from the band that

changed music forever


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