Beatles & British Culture in the 60s: Dr Gary Day

"The Beatles were arguably, no, on second thoughts they were the best British, and possibly the best world, pop group to date. Despite their genius, they were also lucky. The ‘Angry Young Men’ of the late 1950s had paved the way for a new, more open culture which helped to create the conditions which gave rise to the group. But the Beatles didn’t just reflect this exciting new world of working class affluence, mass consumption, increased social mobility and an expanding youth culture, they also helped to define it. Their musical journey charts the history of the 1960s and this course will look at how their songs touched on wider social issues. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."