Ken Womack presents Sir George Martin and The Beatles’ Abbey Road Medley In-Person at the Middletown Arts Center


originally published: 07/12/2022

(MIDDLETOWN, NJ) — Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m., Monmouth University Professor Ken Womack will trace the story of George Martin’s production of the Abbey Road medley, the brilliant symphonic suite that ended the Beatles’ career. He will do this through a multimedia and interactive presentation. Through rare clips and videos, Dr. Womack will demonstrate how Martin and the band assembled the building blocks of the spectacular song cycle that concluded the band’s artistic fusion.

Registration is recommended but not required. If you have any questions, please contact the MTPL referral office at 732-671-3700 ext. 320. Click here to register online. The Middletown Township Public Library is located at 55 New Monmouth Road in Middletown, New Jersey.

Kenneth Womack is one of the world’s leading authorities on The Beatles and their enduring cultural influence. He is the author of a biography in two volumes devoted to the famous producer of the Beatles, Sir George Martin, whose Maximum volume (2017) and Sound pictures (2018). His latest book, John Lennon 1980: The Last Days of Life (2020), traces the story of the return of the former Beatle after five years of voluntary retirement.

Ken Womack presents Sir George Martin and The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley In-Person at the Middletown Arts Center

Books related to Ken’s Beatles include Long and Winding Roads: The Artistic Evolution of the Beatles (2007), The Beatles’ Cambridge Companion (2009), The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything the Fab Four (2014), and Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (2019). Ken’s books about the Beatles are included in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. Ken is also the author of five novels, including John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The restaurant at the end of the world (2012), play the angel (2013), I am Lemonade Lucy! (2019), and The time diaryes (2021). His work has appeared in places such as Living room, Slate, Billboard, Time, Variety, UNITED STATES Today, Smithsonian Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The independent, the echo of Liverpool, and The Philadelphia Investigator.

Ken is Professor of English and Popular Music at Monmouth University. He is editor-in-chief of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Review of Criticism and Theorypublished by Penn State University Press, and co-editor of the English Association’s prodigious Year of work in English studies, published by Oxford University Press. Over the years, he has shared his work with public libraries and community organizations across the country, including audiences at Princeton University, Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Grammy Museum and at 92nd Street Y. He also served as an expert commentator. for ABC 20/20 and NBCs Go to Hollywood.

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Ken’s work as a teacher and writer has earned him numerous awards, including the Grace D. Long Faculty Achievement Award (2002), Penn State University Alumni Teaching Fellow Award (2006), Northern Illinois University Golden Anniversary Alumni Award (2009), Penn State Altoona Honorary Award. Alumni Award (2009) and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities (2010). In 2013, Ken was selected to be Penn State University’s sixth honoree.

In addition to studying Russian language and literature at the Moscow Institute of Communication, Ken earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with his wife Jeanine.

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