ICMP tutors James Rees and Daniel Green will be presenting at the International Beatles Symposium at Liverpool Hope University. 

Taking place on 24th March, the event is part of the university’s Angel Field Festival and is being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the legendary band’s first hit, ‘Please, Please Me’

James, ICMP's BA Creative Music Production Programme Leader and Dan, ICMP's Teaching Fellow in Popular Music Studies, will be explore the work of Paul McCartney in a talk titled ‘McCartney: The Record Producer & Creative Studio Practitioner’. 

This look at two distinctive periods of his career: through the demise of the Beatles in 1970, and the convoluted end of Wings in the early 1980s. The resulting albums from these respective periods were 'McCartney' in 1970 and 'McCartney II' in 1980. 

Commenting, James said:

Paul McCartney's DIY approach on his McCartney trilogy inspired our recent EP project so we're very excited to present our research on McCartney's production practice as this is an often-overlooked area."

"It's extra special to be doing it in Liverpool!"

Dan Green is also presenting his own presentation based on his PhD research. 

Dan said: "I am very much looking forward to disseminating a portion of my doctoral project centred on meta-narratives of popular music history.

As a lifelong Beatles fan, this is the perfect opportunity to share my research and engage with the wider popular music studies academic community."

The Beatles Symposium will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March and is a chance to hear from a panel of international experts, including Professor Kenneth Womack, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence.

It also features a selection of local musicians who were active on the Merseybeat scene in the 1960s and a screening of 'The City That Rocked The World', a documentary marking fifty years of music made on Merseyside.

James will be releasing his new EP, 'Normal People', on 24th March. You can listen to a track from the EP below:

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