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Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012

Lecture by Rolling Stone contributing editor and IU alum DeCurtis coincides with Beatles anniversary

Oct. 29, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine and Indiana University alumnus Anthony DeCurtis will visit the IU Bloomington campus on Nov. 13 to offer a public lecture titled "50 Years On: Meeting the Beatles, What They Mean and Why They Matter."

DeCurtis, Anthony

Anthony DeCurtis

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The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Ballantine 013. It is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Lecture Committee, the event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first Beatles course by Provost Professor Glenn Gass, which is the longest-running course of its kind and a popular course for IU Bloomington students. The talk will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first recording, "Love Me Do" (1962).

DeCurtis' work has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine for more than 30 years, as well as The New York Times and other major publications. He is a Grammy Award winner and the author of "In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work" and "Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters."

"Anthony is one of the most astute and insightful commentators on popular music and culture," Gass said. "He has an academic's eye for insight and a fan's ear for appreciation -- a perfect mix that appeals to everyone and excludes no one. He represents the very best of Rolling Stone magazine's heritage and importance. And, of course, his close-up experiences with the former Beatles is something everyone dreams of, and this is our chance for the next best thing."

Most recently, DeCurtis collaborated with Clive Davis on Davis' autobiography, which will be published by Simon and Schuster in February 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University and teaches in the writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written about the Beatles many times in Rolling Stone and elsewhere, including lengthy interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.