Truly great? the Beatles’ worth subject of talk


LENOX -- Were the Beatles not so great after all?

The most famous rock music act of the past half century is the subject of this Sunday’s Distinguished Lecture series at the Lenox Library.

The 4 p.m. talk features David L. Glass, a well-known attorney with a special interest in the British performers who rocketed through the pop culture landscape during the 1960s as the world’s best-selling recording artists and performers.

Discussions on pop music are especially favored by the public at the library’s monthly lectures. Former Los Angeles hit record producer Tom Werman’s talk on Oct. 21 attracted 115 listeners to the free series, according to the library’s Executive Director Sharon Hawkes.

Glass, whose Amherst College degree is in music, has titled his talk "The Beatles Weren’t Really So Great! (Or Were TheyĆ ?)" He is a 2013 "Superlawyer," a list compiled by the Super Lawyer website and magazine.

He presented a similar lecture during a convention of the New York State Bar Association at the Cranwell Resort two months ago.

"From Beatlemania to Sgt. Pepper and beyond, the Beatles were the defining pop culture phenomenon for those of us who call ourselves ‘baby boomers,’ " Glass wrote in his preview of that presentation. "They influenced everything from lifestyles to hairstyles to politics, to an extent that has no parallel before or since."

Pointing out that "their music continues to pervade our culture and has profoundly influenced virtually all serious rock musicians," Glass notes that "our children (and grandchildren) have rediscovered it for themselves."

However, as the central focus of his talk, Glass plans to debate with the audience whether the music stands the test of time. "Was it as good as we remember, or are our memories clouded by a haze of, ahem, nostalgia?" he asks.

Glass’s presentation includes what he describes as a "magical mystery tour of recorded and live musical examples" as he explores "the connections between the compositional techniques intuitively used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and those of the great composers we call ‘classical.’ "

Having earned a master’s in business administration from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and a law degree from Fordham Law School in New York City, Glass is currently associated with the Moses & Singer law firm in Manhattan.

As a clue to where he comes out on the lecture topic, Glass describes his first love as the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart -- and the Beatles.

To contact Clarence Fanto: or (413) 637-2551.

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