Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Beatles Music and Rocket Science
The boys from Liverpool are causing another stir. This time it is in the world of academia.
In an unprecedented move, Liverpool Hope University has launched a Master of Arts degree entitled "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society."
"There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address," said Mike Brocken, a music professor on the faculty at Hope.
"Forty years on from their break-up, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles.
This MA is expected to attract a great deal of attention, not just locally but nationally and we have already had enquiries from abroad, particularly the United States."
Notably, the Beatles sold over a billion records and were among the most successful rock bands in the world, but what could one do with an MA in Beatles Mania?
Last year, the Hard Days Night Hotel opened its doors in Liverpool also with worldwide media coverage. At the same time, NASA beamed The Beatles’ popular recording "Across the Universe" into deep space at 186,000 miles-per-second, hoping to attract alien planets. They might have had better luck transmitting Robin Williams’"Nanu-Nanu!"
According to the experts, from now to 2014, approximately 14 million jobs are estimated to be available to new workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The higher your degree, greater are your career options.
This now includes Beatles music and rocket science.