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Beatles week at the Hudson library showcases the Fab Four's Magical Mystery Tour

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: February 2, 2014 12:20 AM
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Hudson -- Fans of the Fab Four looking for a place to enjoy John, Paul, George and Ringo after a hard day's night, need not book passage to Penny Lane or Liverpool England.

Beginning Feb. 9, the Hudson Library and Historical Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the first taste of American girls screaming, mop-top hair cuts and "Strawberry Fields Forever."

To celebrate that historic performance, The Hudson Library and Historical Society will do its best to recreate Beatlemania with a four-day celebration of the band which fired the first musical shots in the 1964 "British Invasion" of rock 'n' roll.

"We have a lineup of programs that are a great mix of education and entertainment-live music, lectures, and an award-winning documentary." said Katie Hughes, emerging technologies librarian. "There is something for every kind of Beatles fan."


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The weeklong magical mystery tour kicks off Feb. 9 with a performance by "Hard Day's Night," a Beatles cover band from 2 to 3 p.m. The concert, in the library rotunda is free.

On Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. music lecturer Jacob Trombetta will offer fans another ticket to ride the yellow submarine with "Here, There and Everywhere: Tracing the cultural impact of The Beatles," a presentation dealing with the Beatles' impact on music and popular culture. In addition to working as a software engineer, Trombetta owns the independent music label Discrete Spectrum and is a creative consultant for Akron Film+Pixel.

And while most people know who the Beatles were, some may not know how the popularity of YouTube has forged a direct link to the group, Trombetta said.

"I hope to not only explain why this is true, but also convince you that if you took away the fanfare, fashion, and myth surrounding the Beatles, you are left with masters of the popular song form -- masters whose music can still move us decades later," Trombetta said of the lecture. "I've been a Beatles fan for as long as I remember, and I look forward to sharing my excitement with the members of the Hudson community."

On Feb. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Michael Goodnough will allow guests to take a swim in an octopus's garden with his lecture "Revolution: The Beatles and 60s counterculture" which will deals with the band's impact on the cultural rebellion and revolution of the 60s, in the U.S. and abroad.

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Goodnough, who has been a fan of the band since his youth, is working on a Ph.D. in history at Kent State University. His research focuses on 20th century American History. In particular, his research investigates cultural productions of language and how language reflects cultural attitudes.

"I think the Beatles are still relevant because they offered messages that continue to resonate with all generations," Goodnough said. "They showed how pop could be continually reconceptualized to explore new sounds, while at the same time maintaining their original cheerful outlook on the power of music."

The week will come together with the help a Feb. 13 showing of "Good ol' Freda" a Beatles documentary from 7 to 9 p.m. The library has secured public performance rights to the documentary from Magnolia Pictures.

The program deals with the title character, Freda Kelly, a teenager in Liverpool who was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Freda had faith in the band, the Beatles, from the start. And as the group went through myriad transformations -- Freda was a constant presence, according to Hughes. The documentary allows Freda to tell her story for the first time in 50 years, with support of the remaining Beatles. Freda will offer viewers an insider's perspective on the biggest band in history.

"Freda" won the Best Film award at the Cleveland International Film Festival and was an official 2013 selection for the BFI London Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival and many others.

The documentary is rated PG and runs for 86 minutes.

Beatles Week, a first for the library, was the idea of Ellen Smith, head of reference and archives, Hughes said.

"We've been researching and booking acts for the last 10 months or so," according to Hughes. "We had a near disaster when another Beatles cover band we had booked cancelled due to family illness. Fortunately, Ellen was able to book Hard Day's Night, a touring, Cleveland-based Beatles tribute band that will be in town because they're playing at the Kent Stage the night before."

Hughes agreed with Goodnough's assertion that the Beatles, with only two surviving members, are still relevant 50 years after hitting American shores.

"There is no denying the huge impact they've had on American culture," Hughes said. "They didn't invent rock 'n' roll, but they popularized it to the point that it became mainstream, and they helped usher in the concept of youth subculture and rebellion."

The music and appeal of the boys from Liverpool spans generations, Hughes said.

"Whether you were around during their rise to fame, grew up in a house with parents listening to them, or just heard their music on the radio or in ads, most everyone has some kind of relationship to their music," Hughes said.

Registration is required for both lectures and the documentary. To register call 330-653-6658, ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.

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