since 1965  (really?)

The Long and Winding Road: The History of the Beatles

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Fall 2009
Music 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

"Where are we going fellas?"

"To the top, Johnny."

"And where's that fellas?"

"The toppermost of the poppermost!"

This quote is something John used to say to the other three lads when they became depressed over their lack of success.  Little did he know how true these words would turn out to be.  Most people know the Beatles music, but how many people truly know the history of the greatest, most influential band of all time?  How many people sat behind the drum kit before Ringo was brought in (the answer may surprise even die-hard Beatles fans)?  When did the Beatles first try drugs?  Who are all those people on the Sgt. Pepper cover?  Did Yoko really break up the band?  All these questions and plenty more will be answered as you spend 14 weeks learning the complete history of the band, from their humble beginnings as just another Liverpool band started in the wake of the skiffle music craze in Britain in the late 1950s to becoming the biggest act in the world and their eventual break-up. We will chart their evolution as musicians, artists, and people, looking into every aspect of the band: the music, the movies, the business, the personal lives, etc.  By the end of the course, each of you will have become a full-fledged Beatleologist.

This is not just a course for people who already know lots about the group.  If you have very little or no knowledge at all, but want to learn, I invite you to join us.  The class is for everyone, from the casual fan to the ardent supporter (like myself).

If you have any questions about the course, please do not hesitate to e-mail me about it.  I look forward to hearing from you all. 

How to Enroll:

The class will admit between 40 and 50 students.  If you are interested in getting into the course, please send an e-mail to with a response to the following questions:


  • Name
  • Major
  • Year
  • 3 Favorite Beatles songs and why
  • Favorite album
  • How will this class benefit your main area of study
  • How have the Beatles affected your life
  • How committed to the course can you be
  • Are there any specific areas of Beatles history you'd like to know more about 


Once I've received your e-mail, I'll send you a confirmation, but note that this confirmation does not mean you have been accepted into the course.  The decision as to which students gain entry to the class will be made on the first day of class (9/1). 

Course Contact: maxkeller AT

Faculty Sponsor: Ken Ueno

Time & Location:

Section 1Max Keller
40125 Morrison HallTTh 4-5:309/01full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Beatles Class Syllabus.docJul 1744kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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