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Free Lecture:1967- The Summer of Love That Never Was

Thursday September 14, 3-4pm at the Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head
With Dr Mike Jones, Department of Music

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.

This lecture is organised by Continuing Education in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool. All welcome. For information visit
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Claire Jones
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences