Four Day Beatles Conference Coming to Penn State Altoona – February 6-9

As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State University Altoona and with a Ph.D in 20th-Century British Literature, Kenneth Womack isn’t your run-of-the-mill Beatles fan and he’s organized a four day Beatles symposium to prove it.
PSU Altoona Beatles Conference: February 6-9
PSU Altoona Beatles Conference: February 6-9
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Penn State Altoona


Altoona - Pennsylvania - US


ALTOONA, Pa. - Jan. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- On February 6-9, 2014, Penn State University in Altoona, PA along with Dr. Kenneth Womack, will host, "It was 50 Years Ago Today - An International Beatles Celebration." The conference will offer four days of presentations, opportunities to listen to and interact with leading Beatles experts and an option to attend Beatles-themed meals featuring keynote speakers.  The event will also include: book signings, exhibitors, art exhibits, and conclude with a rebroadcast showing of the first appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in a movie theater style auditorium.

Among the 50+ speakers scheduled to appear are:

Mark Lewisohn – regarded as one of the world’s leading Beatles authorities, Mark is the author of the NY Times bestseller Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Volume 1.

Andy Babiuk – the foremost authority on the equipment used to create the Beatles’ music and the author of Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio.  Andy is also a staff consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Richard Langham - the Second Engineer at EMI (Parlophone Studios) in Abbey Road when The Beatles recorded the Please Please Me LP in February 1963, "From Me to You" on 5 March 1963, and the With the Beatles LP in the summer and fall of 1963.

Walter Everett - the author of the Beatles As Musicians book series, Mr. Everett is also a member of the School of Music faculty at the University of Michigan and the author of The Foundations of Rock.

Jude Southerland Kessler – a Beatles expert, author and host of her own radio show, Ms. Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series.  She has spent nearly 30 years researching John Lennon and the Beatles for her 9 book series, making her a leading expert on the topic of the Fab Four.

Dr. Kit O’Toole – For over 19 years, Dr. O’Toole has written music, concert, and book reviews, interviews, popular culture essays, and technology “how to” articles.  Her work has appeared at:, Something Else Reviews, Blinded by Sound, Cinema Sentries, Seattle PI and Beatlefan magazine.

This conference is designed to accommodate individual travel schedules and interests, allowing registrants to sign up for as many or as few days as they wish to attend.  Attendees will also be invited to register and prepay for meals during the four day event.

Registration is available online, by mail, fax or at the door.

For more information about It Was 50 Years Ago Today: An International Beatles Celebration, along with a schedule of events, keynote speakers, presenters, and registration forms, check out their website:  For any questions concerning this event, email or call: or 814-949-5722.

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