Presented with the Stanford Humanities Center Forty years have passed since the Beatles released The White Album, introducing "Blackbird," "Rocky Raccoon," "Sexy Sadie," "Helter Skelter" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" into the cultural lexicon. Please join us for a conversation with three Stanford alums whose research explores the musical and cultural innovations that made the Beatles a powerful force for innovation in society and the arts.
DANIEL LEVITIN DANIEL LEVITIN
Daniel Levitin, holder of the Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communication Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, earned his bachelor’s degree in cognitive science at Stanford, his doctorate in psychology from the University of Oregon, and completed post-doctoral training in neuroimaging and psychology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and UC Berkeley. For a decade, he worked as a session musician, commercial recording engineer, and record producer for countless rock groups, including Santana and the Grateful Dead. He has published extensively in refereed scientific journals and in audio magazines and trade journals such as Grammy, Billboard, and Audio. He is the author of the bestselling book, This Is Your Brain On Music.
Nick Bromell, a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earned his doctorate at Stanford where he studied the literature, intellectual history, and popular culture of the United States. In addition to essays and reviews he has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, he is the author of By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum American Culture and Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s. He is currently writing a book on U.S. literature and democracy.
Jonathan Berger, Associate Professor of Music and Codirector of the Stanford Initiative on Creativity and the Arts, has composed symphonic works, concerti, works for all varieties of chamber ensemble, and electroacoustic music. In addition to composition, he is an active researcher with over 60 publications in a wide range of fields relating to music, science and technology. His most recent CD, Miracles and Mud, was released last spring. He and Daniel Levitin are now working on an article on the Beatles and Joseph Haydn.