Beatles Symposium Celebrating 50th Anniversary of ‘The White Album’ Set for Monmouth University
A four day symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles (popularized as The White Album) box set, remixed and repackaged with previously unreleased outtakes, will take center stage November 8-11 at Monmouth University.
Monmouth University will host a special listening party at midnight on November 8–one night before the official release date of Nov. 9–with copies available for purchase at that time and throughout the event. Special guests at the party (and throughout the weekend) will include keynote speaker Mark Lewisohn, world-renowned Beatles historian, as well as record producer Chris Thomas, who worked on the original album in 1968.
Dr. Kenneth Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth and critically-acclaimed Beatles author, is spearheading the conference activities. Fans will be treated to listening parties, live performances, and expert panels (including Bruce Spizer, Scott Freiman, Allan Kozinn, Tim Riley, Jude Southerland Kessler, Tom Frangione) speaking about the album’s legacy.
Other special guests at the symposium include former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield, music journalist Rob Sheffield, and musicologist Walter Everett of the University of Michigan. In addition, events will feature the premiere of the film The Beatles in India by Paul Saltzman (who was in Rishikesh at the same time as the Beatles in 1968), and a concert performance by Beatle-esque Jersey Shore favorites, The Weeklings.
Copies of the White Album available for purchase at the event come courtesy of the official Fest for Beatles Fans store, operated by Fest founder Mark Lapidos. The Fest will be sharing a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the box sets with Monmouth University to support student scholarships. Tickets are available now at: Monmouth.edu/WhiteAlbum