INSIDE THE WHITE ALBUM
with special guest
recording engineer on the White Album and producer/engineer of legendary records by David Bowie, Elton John and many others
The "White" Album—The Beatles! 1968's so-generous back-to-basics approach turning 180º from the opulent psychedelia of Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour. From "Blackbird" to "Revolution 9," the collection of 30 new tracks showcases the band's growing musicianship in all directions, just as it demonstrates command over an amazing display of stylistic diversity.
Join us as we investigate the creation and interpretation of this ground-breaking work of art. To start the new year, RPM School will devote an expanded eight-week schedule to the exploration of the double-album's innovative recording techniques, delve beneath the surface of the songs to see what makes them great, and add to the meaning the music has for us.
The first 45 minutes of each class will be devoted to All Together Now, a live multimedia presentation and discussion on Zoom, with Beatles scholar Walter Everett and multi-instrumentalists Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider. Afterwards, you have the option of staying on for a Seminar with Walter or a Virtual Band––a combination master class and remote recording project––led by Cameron or Jack.
One of the foremost authorities on the music of the Beatles, Walter Everett is Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. His two-volume study The Beatles as Musicians (Oxford University Press) has been hailed as “a milestone in Beatles research” and “without a doubt, the most important work on the Beatles to date”.
One of New York’s most sought-after session and touring musicians, Jack Petruzzelli has played with Patti Smith, Joan Osborne, Ian Hunter and Rufus Wainwright, to name a few. A multi-instrumentalist triple threat on guitars, vocals and keyboards, he is also a founding member of the world’s foremost band for the Beatle-obsessed, The Fab Faux.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
The class was amazing. Challenging and at the same time accommodated all kinds of level of play.
I’d take it again in a heartbeat.
I came to the class thinking I knew so much….wrong! They pulled out all the stops for us. Music, history, class materials, guest speakers…They truly put the Beatles in context both musically and everything else. It’s an excellent deep dive.
Singing and playing for anyone else besides myself is a BIG stretch out of my comfort zone. One of the (many) terrific things about your class is how genuinely non-judgmental it was. Just pure encouragement.