I will be the featured speaker at Beatles at the Ridge on September 20, 2019.
Headlining the weekend will be Featured Author Jim Berkenstadt (“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Detective”) whose book about fill-in drummer Jimmie Nicol, The Beatle Who Vanished, is being turned into a feature film. Jim will be talking about some of the mysteries associated with Beatles memorabilia, as well as hosting a viewing of the documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, on which he served as official historian.
Also topping the bill will be Featured Artist Ken Orth with his “Meet the Look-Alikes!” collection of art pieces, album covers, T-shirts and more inspired by The Beatles. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “Abbey Road” album in September 2019, Ken will exhibit and talk about a selection of the album’s artwork from his collection, including images that led to the iconic cover, out-take photos and over a hundred parodies on a variety of formats from around the world.
This year’s Primary Source Guest Speaker will be Bruce Spizer. Bruce will be discussing his new book, being premiered at the Ridge, “The Beatles Get Back to Abbey Road”. This is the 13th book in Spizer’s extensive collection of historically significant works on the music of the Fab Four. Bruce has been a keynote speaker at the Fest for Beatles Fans in New York and Chicago, Abbey Road on the River, The White Album Conference (2018), the Abbey Road conference (2019), and the GRAMMY Museum Beatles Symposium. He is also the author of The Beatles Trivial Pursuit game.
Other respected Beatles at the Ridge 2019 guest speakers include Terry Crain (who will be celebrating the new release of his book on US Beatles memorabilia); Patricia Gallo-Stenman (author of Diary of a Beatlemaniac who will be showcasing her vast Beatles collection); emcee Susan Ryan (host of the Fab 4 NYC Walking Tours); Allison Boron and Erika White (hosts of the BC the Beatles podcast); plus co-hosts for this year’s symposium Lanea Stagg, (author of the Recipe Records Cookbook Series) Jude Southerland Kessler (author of The John Lennon Series, a 9-volume historical narrative biography of Lennon’s life).
“But that’s not all we have in store,” said Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp, founder of Beatles at the Ridge. “Our 2019 Symposium will also welcome back gifted artist and photographer, Rande Kessler, plus we have the Argenta collection of rare Beatles’ photographs for visitors to enjoy!”
Popular teen musician Cameron Hicks will also return this year, playing the entire Beatles’ Help! album. Poet Terri Whitney will reprise her “Live Mic Poetry Reading,” sharing her works from Any Rhyme at All and encouraging other poets to do the same. And popular Beatles vendors Bud Loveall, Rita Lokerson, and Tammy Chambers will be on hand as well.
Friday, 20 September 2019 (Noon – 8:30 p.m.)
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