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The Beatles Take Over Van Pelt Library

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The Beatles Take Over Van Pelt Library

By Lydia Filosa

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ U.S. invasion, and in conjunction with the Year of Sound, the Kislak Center is hosting a new exhibition, Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image. Curated by the Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, David McKnight, the exhibition explores how the Beatles were, and continue to be, depicted in print media. From signed albums and posters to children’s books and board games, the exhibition displays an all-encompassing array of incredible Beatles memorabilia.

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To kick off the opening of the exhibition, author Jude Southerland Kessler spoke about her newest John Lennon biography, She Loves You, the third installation in a nine-part series on Lennon. Amassing a collection of over 500 books about the Beatles, Kessler has dedicated 29 years to researching Lennon. Her newest book delves into the rollercoaster of 1963, when the Beatles made their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

For Kessler, one of the more compelling, and surprising, facts she has learned over the course of her research is that Lennon, known for being a hard man, in fact had a much kinder, gentler side. Kessler referred to an instance early on in the Beatles’ career when Lennon spotted a group of girls lined up outside in the bitter cold, waiting to hear them perform. Lennon, knowing the girls had been there for hours with no food, scrounged up all the money he had (which, at the time, wasn’t much) and bought sandwiches for everyone.

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Kessler will be returning to Penn this Saturday to share more stories about John Lennon and offer a fresh perspective on the Beatles. The Kislak Center will be hosting an all-day Beatles Symposium this Saturday with a great panel of speakers, including recording engineer, Richard Langham, who worked with George Martin and the Beatles from 1963-1964 and from 1969-1970.

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Lydia Filosa graduated from Penn in December 2013 with a BA in Classical Studies. She is currently interning for the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and the Penn Art & Culture Initiative.