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From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America

Event Date: 
Aug 31 2017 - 6:00pm
Join us on Thursday, August 31st, at the LaSalle Public Library for a unique an insightful program when Beatles scholar and author, Aaron Krerowicz presents, “From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America.”
 
Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in the following year. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. This commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success.
 
Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Aaron Krerowicz is the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholar. He won a research grant to study the band, through the University of Hartford in 2011, and since has presented his findings to audiences at more than 150 libraries, universities, continuing education programs, and community centers, throughout the US and England.
 
This is a free program, open to the public, and is made possible through funding from the Alwin C. Carus Trust. The LaSalle Public is located at 305 Marquette, LaSalle, Illinois, and is ADA compliant and welcoming. For more information, please call the Library at 815-223-2341.