Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University.
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Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and co-Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University (bu.edu/beethovencenter), and his interests are wide and varied, including everything from medieval music to the music of the Beatles. Jeremy has written 8 books: on medieval music and manuscripts, on a sixteenth-century music primer, and on jazz. His most recent publications include The Lenox School of Jazz and Miles Smiles, Miles Davis, and the Invention of Post Bop. He is also the author of one of the most successful music-appreciation textbooks. It is entitled simply Understanding Music. Helping all people understand music is one of his greatest passions. He founded the Pre-Concert Tanglewood Talks to create a place for music listeners to learn. Every year his lectures illuminate all the concerts played at Tanglewood. He is a compelling, lively, and friendly speaker.
Between 1962 and 1970 The Beatles released 22 singles, several EPs and 11 albums. Sales records charted more than 50 top-forty hit singles. They were the first British pop group to achieve major success in the United States and they scored 22 number-one hits in the USA alone. It is calculated that the band has now sold over two billion albums, and a few years ago we celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance in the United States. That evening, the Ed Sullivan Show was watched by 73 million people – at that time over a third of the entire population of the country. And of course, The Beatles produced lots of different kinds of music – folk, rock, country, rockabilly, soul blues, doo-wop – and they invented new genres like psychedelic music and heavy metal. Stringed instruments and baroque trumpets and horns brought their music into the realm of art music.