With Mike Jones, University of Liverpool
The release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in May 1967 coincided with the release of Scott McKenzie's theme tune for the Monterey Pop festival (San Francisco - be sure to wear flowers in your hair). Along with the July release of the Beatles All You Need is Love these three records are used to represent 1967 as the 'Summer of Love' yet, as a typical example, the recent BBC documentary Psychedelic Britannia insisted on contrasting the Summer of 1967 with the events of the following year - notably the student uprising of May 1968 in Paris and clashes with police at the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign demonstration of March 1968. The misleading impression is that 'love' was shallow and easily shrugged off, but this is to distort the process that made Monterey and London continuous and complementary with each other. Using music and film footage of the period, this lecture will explore those continuities and evaluate the Beatles in relationship to them.
Our annual public lecture series 2017 considers how attitudes and cultures change over time. Taking inspiration from the perceived social changes of 1967, our lecturers investigate some of the developments that have impacted on lives in the 20th and 21st centuries.