The Beatles

Instructor:  Neal Harkness

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

More than 50 years after the beginning of the phenomenon of Beatlemania, the Beatles may still be the most popular musical group in the world. In the span of less than a decade, four young men from England revolutionized not just Popular Music, but made a tremendous impact on film, fashion, politics and cultural mores.

In this course, we will examine the lives and career of the Beatles, from their humble Liverpool origins through their rise to unprecedented critical and commercial success. We will look at their influences in early rock and roll and how they transformed the genre into a respected art form. Through music and video we will follow their musical journey and their personal growth as unique individuals who changed the world through their music.

Neal Harkness, a native Detroiter, has been a Belfast resident since 2005. Growing up in “Motown”, he has been an avid follower of popular music from an early age. He has written for a number of music publications and hosted a long running rock music program on WERU-FM. He believes that there is still plenty of good rock and roll being made.