In December 1969, The Beatles released their song “Across the Universe,” with the phrase of thanks “Jai Guru Dev, Om” concluding each verse. For many listeners, it was their first exposure to the sacred syllable OM. That song, along with other Beatles classics, helped introduce Eastern spirituality to mainstream Western culture and encouraged countless listeners to transform their consciousness.
To mark the publication of Andrew Blauner’s In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, Shawn Colvin, David Duchovny, Rick Moody, Jon Pareles, Francine Prose, and others share their thoughts on The Beatles’ legacy and why their songs continue to impact our culture.
A book signing of In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs will follow the program.
In Their Lives is published by Blue Rider Press, edited by Andrew Blauner, and features a note from Paul McCartney.
About the Speakers
David Duchovny is an actor, writer, producer, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He has published two books, Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale (2015) and Bucky F*cking Dent (2016).
Rick Moody is the author most recently of Hotels of North America, a novel, and On Celestial Music, a book of essays. He writes about music regularly for The Rumpus.
Shawn Colvin won her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut, Steady On, in 1989. She has been a mainstay of the contemporary folk music scene ever since, releasing eleven acclaimed albums and establishing herself as one of America’s great live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 Grammy Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for the top ten hit “Sunny Came Home.” Her candid memoir, Diamond in the Rough, was published to critical acclaim in 2012. In 2016 she received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award.
Jon Pareles is the Chief Popular Music Critic of The New York Times and the consulting editor of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll.
Francine Prose is the author of more than twenty books, most recently the novel Mister Monkey. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard.
Andrew Blauner is the founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency. His other anthologies are Coach, Brothers, Central Park, Our Boston, The Good Book, and as coeditor For the Love of Baseball. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University School of Business, Blauner is a member of PEN American Center and the National Book Critics Circle. He started his career as an intern at Rolling Stone.
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