02/22/2008 11:15 AM
Scholars speak on influence of Beatles - The Stanford Daily Online
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Stanford-educated scholars discussed
the significance of the Beatles before
an audience last night in Kresge
Auditorium. The researchers pointed to
the lasting appeal of the band’s music
and the impact the group had on
American culture, both in the 1960’s
and the present day.
Scholars speak on influence of Beatles
Researchers examine band’s tremendous legacy
February 22, 2008
By Roxna Irani
A crowd of spectators packed Kresge Auditorium yesterday evening to relive the 1960’s through
conversation about a band that created “the best music ever.”
Nick Bromell and
Berger — all
dedicated time to
Beatles — spoke about the influence of the band.
“Beyond just the quality of voice and production, there is something inherently unique in everything they
sing,” said Berger, co-director of the Stanford Initiative on Creativity and the Arts.
The event was organized by the Aurora Forum and was co-sponsored with the Stanford Humanities Center.
Enthusiastic Stanford parents on campus for Parent’s Weekend formed a large majority of the audience,
reliving their youth of growing up with the Beatles.
“Asking someone to name a single great Beatles song is simply a wrong question,” Levitin said. “The sheer
breadth that encompasses Beatles songs is what makes them special. The Beatles were constantly pushing at
boundaries of their space and didn’t allow themselves to be defined by any musical constraints.
“It is because so many present day musicians are trying to subtly imitate their style that they have transcended
time and are loved so much even today,” he continued.
But Bromell had a slightly different opinio