Great albums: Revolver

Course Dates: 20/07/21
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
Learn the history of The Beatles’ hugely successful and influential seventh album. We’ll explore how Revolver was written and recorded, its reception history and what gives the album its enduring appeal.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MD614

Finished Tue, eve, 20 Jul - 20 Jul '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

An in-depth study of what made The Beatles’ Revolver such a revolutionary album within pop music.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Background on the Beatles’ history thus far.
- The Beatles and the 60s counterculture – a two-way process: we’ll explore who influenced who and how they did so.
- Exploration of significant political and social events of the 1960s: post-war Britain, the Cold War, Harold Wilson, classlessness and Vietnam: the socio-political context that produced Revolver.
- Analysis of the music and lyrics, the arrangement and production of each track on the album, particularly focusing on ‘Taxman’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, “Love You Too’, ‘Here There and Everywhere’, ‘She Said She Said’, ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’, ‘For No One’, ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’
- Lots of anecdotes and illuminating (often funny) stories about the sessions.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand and explain the historical and cultural events and currents that produced Revolver
- Understand the musical and lyrical elements and innovations of the album.
- Assess the musical elements that make up Revolver: 60s pop, psychedelia, Indian music, vaudeville, baroque pop, soul, rhythm and blues, avant garde etc.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You do not need to be able to read music or understand musical terminology. All texts – handouts, PowerPoint presentations - will be in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, or links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Toby Manning

Toby Manning teaches and writes about music, literature, television and film. As a music journalist he wrote regularly for NME, Select, Q, The Word, The Big Issue, and has also contributed to The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Arena, The Quietus and The Face. He is the author of the Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (2006; 2016) (link to the new version: He is also the author of John le Carré and the Cold War (2018). He is currently working on a book of new music writing and a book about Cold War books, film and music.

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