Choose from three author presentations
Author Dave Schwensen offers three entertaining and energetic programs for special events, libraries, schools, universities, festivals and video conferences. Each program length can be up to one hour and includes rare concert films, display of Beatles memorabilia, pre-show music, and an insightful and fun journey down the long and winding road to the '60s and Beatlemania.
Presentations can be customized to fit your programming schedule and specific departments or events by placing an emphasis on audience interests. Focus points can include music from the 1960's, pop culture and history, the influence The Beatles had on the American Baby Boomer Generation, and 1960's stadium / arena rock concert technology and the fan experience.
Did we mention entertaining?
Dave is a nationally recognized comedy coach, award-winning humorist, and author of the books "How To Be A Working Comic," "Comedy FAQs And Answers," and "Comedy Workshop." Expect a healthy dose of humor in his tales about The Fab Four!
Questions and answers, opportunities for audience members to share favorite Beatles memories, and author book-signing. Books will be available for purchase at a special publisher discount.
Special pricing for schools and special interest groups includes bulk purchases of "The Beatles In Cleveland" and "The Beatles At Shea Stadium" for audience prizes and giveaways at 30% off retail price.
Program titles and descriptions are below
Each of Dave's books is the topic for its own unique author presentation:
* The Beatles In Cleveland
* The Beatles At Shea Stadium
An insightful look at the Beatles' influence on the baby boomer generation from 1963 to 1966:
* The Beatles: Makin' The 60's FAB & The Concert Experience
For more information, scheduling and pricing please use the contact link above.
The Beatles In Cleveland
Dave opens the program with an overview of the year 1963 from a Baby Boomer's perspective. John F. Kennedy was President, Mercury Astronauts were rocket jockeys launched into space, and school children were taught to hide under their desks in case Cold War tension ended with "The Big One." Following JFK's assassination in Dallas on November 22nd, the country went into mourning. Then 79 days later television host Ed Sullivan introduced John, Paul, George and Ringo - four long haired lads from England called The Beatles.
With the release of their first feature film "A Hard Day's Night" in summer 1964, the group launched a tour of North America. The excitement of Beatlemania was electric for teenagers in every major city except Cleveland Ohio, where no concert had been scheduled. Two rival Top 40 radio stations battled it out to bring The Fab Four to the city and after numerous "underhanded tricks" the performance took place at Cleveland Public Hall on September 15, 1964. What happened at this show resulted in The Beatles being banned from Cleveland, which is now home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A new Top 40 station convinced City Hall to lift the ban in time for the group's final tour in 1966 with the promise of crowd control and tight security. On August 14th The Beatles performed in Cleveland Stadium and the result was the same - only on a much LARGER scale. This is also the concert Dave attended with his parents and the inspiration behind his book, "The Beatles In Cleveland."
Dave's entertaining story about the Beatles' two concerts in Cleveland include his personal memories and insights from promoters, concert mc's, journalists, radio deejays and musicians who traveled and worked with the group.
Rare 1964 Concert Film…
The Beatles At Shea Stadium
Celebrating half a century of The Beatles in America, this program focuses on their legendary August 15, 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. Considered the first modern outdoor stadium rock show, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr sang, played, sweated and laughed in front of 55,600 fans and were filmed for a network television special.
This program includes film clips and rare audio of The Beatles’ performance.
This was the first time a pop music group had ever attempted a concert on a scale this large. Without advertising and relying only on word of mouth, a capacity crowd watched the group perform on a hot August night in the media capital of the world. Author discussion includes backstage and onstage insights, and comparisons of technology and security in 1965 with modern stadium shows.
The concert was filmed for a prime time ABC Television special, but the Beatles were unhappy with the sound and secretly re-recorded songs before the broadcast. Dave will talk about this recording session and include examples from the actual concert and the “fixed” versions.
Makin’ The ’60s FAB!
Opening film sets the stage for Beatlemania in the U.S. This 7-minute montage of news clips, music videos and photos begins in 1963 with an overview of the year's popular music and news events involving President Kennedy, Cold War threats of nuclear weapons, and the Mercury Astronaut program. Performance clips range from early Motown and surf music to folk singers and clean-cut teen idols. The nation is thrown into mourning following news reports of JFK's assassination in Dallas.
Then - only 79 days later - The Beatles are introduced to America on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The cultural impact is shown through scenes of Beatlemania accompanied by chart-topping songs that lead into Dave's presentation.
For teenagers, their world moved from black and white to color, and nothing would ever be the same again.
Take a pop culture journey…
The Concert Experience!
Performances by The Beatles filled arenas with screams of delight and excitement - and in most cities, full-blown fan hysteria. As a young fan, author Dave Schwensen witnessed these events when his parents took him to see The Beatles. Now author of the books "The Beatles At Shea Stadium" and "The Beatles In Cleveland" he's combined his memories, rare films, research, and interviews with Beatles insiders and fans to detail what it was like to see the group in concert at the height of their popularity.
Step back into the 1960's to experience the spark that ignited a generation that changed the world. Feel the excitement through first-hand memories and two concert films that take you behind the scenes and on stage with the most influential group in the history of popular music and rock 'n' roll. This program also includes an opening film featuring news events and popular music from the year 1963 and leading up to the Beatles' February 9, 1964 debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."