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New book examines 21st century legacy of the Beatles

beatles book Tuesday 14 July 2015

Dr Mike Brocken, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Studies, has published a new book exploring The Beatles’ impact on the tourism, culture and music of Liverpool in the 21st century. 

The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatles: Liverpool and Popular Music Heritage Tourism is published by Ashgate.

Dr Brocken is director of the world's first ever Masters Degree related to the Beatles: The Beatles, Popular Music & Society, which can be studied at Liverpool Hope.

Dr Brocken’s book acknowledges that at times the group was negatively associated with sex and drugs images surrounding rock music, and that some Liverpudlian musicians believe that the musical legacy of the Beatles can be a burden.

Furthermore, it explores the argument that Liverpudlians of differing ethnicities could find images of ‘four white boys with guitars and drums’ not only problematic in a ‘musical roots’ sense, but for them culturally devoid of meaning and musically generic.

It then goes on to analyse how major players in what might be described as a Beatles music tourism industry have constructed new interpretations of the past and placed these in such an order as to re-confirm, re-create and re-work the city as a symbolic place that both authentically and contextually represents the Beatles.


The Beatles, Popular Music & Society (MA)

Department of Music at Liverpool Hope University

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