As of last March, Liverpool Hope University of Liverpool, England announced they’d be hosting the first ever masters of art degree, with emphasis in Beatles education.
According to Cnn.com, the “Popular Music and Society course will be a long-overdue examination of the band behind songs such as “Help!” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “Octopus’s Garden.”
Indeed, The Beatles are, without a doubt, a huge part of pop culture around the world. So much has been written and theorized about the band over the years, but nothing has ever been proven academically.
A masters degree would surely cover all bases and more of this topic.
The course was scheduled to start in September 2009 with placement for about 30 students, and according to Cnn.com, has already sparked interest from universities overseas, including the United States.
Of course, there is some controversy as to how this degree would benefit society overall and how the individual would be able to use a degree in Beatles education in the real world.
Some suggest that merely having a master’s degree is enough to guarantee you a job in any field. Others feel that this would open the doors for many other influential bands to follow suit, making the degree essentially redundant.
I understand the importance of taking on a major that will bring you both happiness and wealth; college is too expensive not to end up with at least a little bit of both at the end of four to eight years.
However, I personally feel this is a huge step forward in modern society and could do nothing but progress our incessantly ignorant ways of thinking.
The Beatles were not just a band; they represented a movement, a generation and a pivotal time in our culture that we were lucky enough to witness through their music.
I grew up listening to what I considered their “radio hits,” or songs that received the most recognition in pop music, such as “8 Days a Week,” “Hard Day’s Night” and “Hey Jude.” As I got older I became more interested in their B-sides and lesser known songs, which to a certain extent I associated with the psychedelic drug movement of the sixties, not to mention had more depth than any of their other work.
Let It Be, to me, was a particularly exceptional album because it portrayed the band beyond the standard pop format, and even rock and roll. “Across the Universe” is not only the epitome of Beatles songs; it was one of the smartest and simplest songs I’ve ever heard.
Beyond music and lyrics, the band knew how to “speak words of wisdom.”
If all you’re after in this life is money, than maybe this degree isn’t for you. But for anyone who is interested in truly wrapping their mind around one of the biggest phenomenons in our history, this could be your calling.