The Penn State Humanities Laureate loves pop culture, yeah yeah yeah.
Kenneth Womack, a prolific writer on movies and music (and even the Sheetz convenience store chain), will share his Beatles scholarship on Monday, Oct. 7, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles” takes place at 5 p.m. in 236 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. It is free and open to the public; parking will be available in the deck located behind Burke Center, off Technology Drive.
In this interactive multimedia presentation Womack traces the Beatles’ songwriting practices, recording artistry and musicianship from its early, primitive recordings through the aesthetic heights of “Abbey Road” at the twilight of the band’s career. He illustrates this artistic growth using a wide range of music and film clips.
Womack is a professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona and the 2013-14 Penn State Humanities Laureate. An honorary position established in 2008, the laureate is a full-time faculty member who spends half of one academic year traveling the state to promote the arts and humanities.
Womack has written three novels and multiple works of nonfiction about the Beatles, including “Long and Winding Roads” and “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles.” His newest book, “The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four” will be released in February 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also forthcoming from Womack are “The Mammoth Book of Movies” and “Made to Order: The Story of Sheetz,” a chronicle of the family-owned convenience store chain based in Altoona.