‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ talk is today on Texas State campus

Walter Everett, professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan, will give a multimedia talk on the Beatles. Author of the acclaimed two-volume The Beatles as Musicians (Oxford UP), Dr. Everett is the foremost scholar on the music of the Fab Four. His presentation, which includes live instrumental, audio, and visual demonstrations, will be followed by a brief Q and A.

Everett’s talk will cover the Beatles’ adventurous “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967), which represents a peak of John Lennon’s creativity in his expression of a lifelong insecurity, as his group was at a point of deep crisis, the closest they had come to disbanding since 1960.

In this exploration of the recording’s genesis and manifold meanings, Everett parses the lyric text, traces the song’s composition from home recordings of Lennon’s first phrases on acoustic guitar with vocal, through his experimentation with Mellotron and electric guitar as the song took shape, to various band arrangements with Producer George Martin’s input as the Beatles worked it up to final form in the studio.

“Strawberry Fields Forever” was released to waves of mystified awe, the composer’s psyche centerstage but buried under cryptic armor. In more recent decades, the song has emerged as a keystone of the Beatles’ artistry and their commitment to the quest for human understanding and transcendence.

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