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Aaron Krerowicz      

Beatles Scholar and Author

Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Aaron Krerowicz [keh-DOH-vitch] is the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles music scholar. He won a research grant through the University of Hartford in 2011 to study the band and since has presented his findings through more than 250 Fab Four presentations throughout the US and England. Aaron has authored three Beatles books, and in January 2016 released an album of original music.


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The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

Explore the music of the Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.

The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

Ask anybody to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the response will likely be, “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” This 60-minute presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members.

A Four-Headed Monster: The 4 Beatles in 5 Songs

If you had to pick songs which represent each of the four Beatles, which would you chose? This 60-minute multimedia presentation observes and analyzes each band member through the lens of one or two songs: For Paul McCartney, “Yesterday”; for Ringo Starr, “In My Life”; for John Lennon, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and for George Harrison, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun”.

Before They Were Fab: The Beatles Prior to Beatlemania

Before the number one records and the deafening screams, before Ed Sullivan and “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah”, before the shaggy “mop top” haircuts and collarless suits, there were six future Beatles. This 90-minute multimedia presentation will trace the early history of The Beatles from John Lennon's founding of The Quarrymen in 1957, through their five seminal Hamburg residencies, and right up to the precipice of worldwide fame and fortune.

The Influence of American Rock 'n' Roll on the Beatles

Before the Beatles ever wrote their own songs or performed on stage, they were inspired to do so by American rock 'n' roll records. This 90-minute multimedia program illustrates the influence of Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and other American recording artists from the 1950's on the Beatles through side-by-side comparisons and musical analysis of Beatles covers and original recordings.

From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America

Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute multimedia program explains how and why.

The Influence of Bob Dylan on The Beatles

With his folksy guitar playing and philosophical lyrics, no other contemporary influenced the songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney more than Bob Dylan. This 60-minute multimedia presentation will trace the compositional maturation of the Beatles, showing how they developed from teenybopper pop stars into the foremost musical artists of their era by illustrating in detail Dylan's influence.

Carte Blanche: The Beatles' White Album

The Beatles' only double-album, The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) is the band's most individualized and stylistically diverse work, and the antithesis of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This 90-minute multimedia presentation observes and analyzes The White Album by putting it in musical and historical context. Topics and people discussed include Eric Clapton, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his camp in Rishikesh, India, the influence of Yoko Ono, and the beginning of the end for the Beatles.

Come Together: Structure in Beatles Music

How something is presented is just as important as what is presented. Thus, a study of structure in Beatles music is ultimately a study in how the band chose to showcase their innovative musical ideas. This 60-minute multimedia presentation observes and discusses structural components of Beatles music to illustrate (1) their sophisticated compositional skills, and (2) their artistic evolution, by examining in great detail how their music was put together.


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