As WFMU was founded a half century ago as the propaganda arm of an institution of somewhat higher learning, it's fitting that this post also acts as a teaching tool. Two weeks ago, this author was commandeered to deliver a presentation on a favorite topic for Adult Education, which bills itself as "a useless lecture series." I took little affront with that characterization as i endeavored to expound on my acknowledged area of expertise in a lecture titled "Yeah Yeah ... Uh, No: Exploring the Audiovisual Phenomenon of Beatles-Lookalike Long Playing Albums."
Adult Ed is a monthly series hosted by Stay Free!, the former print and now online magazine of consumer culture and mass media founded by Carrie McLaren, at Union Hall in Brooklyn's Park Slope. Among the other visiting professors who delivered lectures on the shared theme of "Copycats" were Julie Klausner, who revealed her fascination with fan fiction about Cats (the musical, of course), Elna Baker, who blew the lid off a doll "adoption" ring at FAO Schwarz, and the series host, standup comic and lawyer Charles Star.
My presentation codified and encapsulated many of the theories and postulates covered in several of the Fake Beatles posts to be found on this Web log, recontextualized as a PowerPoint presentation replete with sound files and accompanying narration by yours truly. Those of you who did not have an opportunity to matriculate that evening now have a second chance to gain illumination by viewing the video below.
Now that the ivy halls of academia have embraced the fruits of my painstaking research, out of fairness to self i may no longer deem myself merely your humble DJ and blogger. I hereby wish to be known as Gaylord Fields, Ph.B. (Phony Beatleologist).
[Video length 21:37; edited by Church H. Tucker. Thanks to Carrie McLaren and Charles Star.]