TONIGHT: “(Secrets Of THE WHITE ALBUM)”: Behind The Beatles’ Masterpiece @ BOP STOP

Sat 9/22/18 @ 8PM

It all began with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inviting the Beatles to Bangor, Wales, to take part in a conference on Transcendental Meditation in 1967. The Beatles embraced TM, renounced their use of drugs, and learned their manager Brian Epstein died of an accidental overdose back in London. They subsequently traveled to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas to study TM further with the Maharishi, Mick Jagger, Donovan, Mike Love, Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence.

While in India, they wrote most of the songs that appeared on their next album, entitled The Beatles, but which has come to be known as The White Album after its conceptually plain sleeve designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton. Released as the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album is generally considered one of the best albums of all time, and often tops lists of the best double albums.

Featuring diverse and strong material throughout, classics include “Revolution 1,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” “Blackbird,” “Helter Skelter,””Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Birthday” and the sound collage “Revolution 9.” The album is known for its wildly differing styles, overtly political lyrics, stellar songwriting by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (and Ringo’s first Beatles song), and the contentious atmosphere surrounding its creation, causing engineer Geoff Emerick to quit, Ringo Starr to briefly leave the band, and creating tensions that eventually led to the band’s breakup 16 months later. Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine called The White Album” the history and synthesis of Western music.”

Thomas Mulready dissects The White Album and peels back the curtain to show how the album was recorded, the stories behind the songs, and what was happening in the Beatles’ lives at time. Using rare video, photos and needle drops, the 75-minute presentation includes Q&A, trivia and many surprising insights. This presentation complements Mulready’s presentation on the Beatles’ seminal album Revolver, presented on Fri 9/21 at BOP STOP.

Acclaimed aficionado Thomas Mulready is known for his avant-garde nonprofit festivals: Ingenuity Fest, now in its 13th year, and the legendary Performance Art Festival, the largest festival of performance art ever. He created the CoolCleveland media network of sites & mobile apps to turn people on to the coolness of Cleveland, the location of David Bowie’s first U.S. concert. Assiduously researched and painstakingly organized, Mulready has presented his performance art in New York and Paris, and served as a Senior Research Consultant in the United Kingdom. His multimedia presentations on David Bowie, glam rock and the Beatles have been presented at universities, jazz clubs and aquariums.

Vanity Crash was born onstage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band the Angry Inch in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness and Gogol Bordello. Their recent celebrated tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals. Vanity Crash launched their 5th original release, Phantasmagoria, in 2017, including an original track featuring David Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.

TICKET INFO: This show is expected to sell out. Tickets are on sale now. Click here for tickets.

9.22.18 White Album: Saturday, September 22, 2018.


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