It has been 36 years since the Beatles broke up, and still no other band has demonstrated the range of their artistry. From bubblegum come-ons to adult love songs, with stops at cartoonish psychedelia, Twenties pop, trippy circus music, and maharishi-inspired chant-alongs in between, the band defied genre labeling. Instead of jumping ship after the harmonies of Help! and Rubber Soul shifted into the swirling soundscapes of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and the White Album, fans stuck around through the Sixties and learned a lesson in musical evolution along the way.
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To offer an academic explanation for the Beatles universal popularity and sonic significance, Florida International Universitys rock and roll professor Armando Tranquilino will present The Beatles in Miami Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Tranquilinos presentation will approach the supremely influential band from a composers eye view, examining song structure, lyrics, and tone color while illustrating the discussion through choice clips.
Wed., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.