MONTCLAIR, NJ - Mark Lapidos, a nationally recognized Beatles expert and the founder of The Fest for Beatles Fans, will visit School of Rock Montclair on Saturday, February 21 at 3pm. Lapidos will discuss the importance of the Beatles’ albums “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”, and how they represented a significant artistic transition in the band’s career.
“The creation of ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ marked the point in the Beatles’ history when they went from being rocking pop stars to the greatest recording artists and innovative musical creators in the history of rock n’ roll,” says Kevin March, Creative Director of School of Rock Montclair. “Mark’s vast knowledge of Beatles history, as well as his relationships with all four Beatles and their collaborators, will offer facts and insights about both albums that will surely thrill our students and guests.”
Lapidos began The Fest for Beatles Fans (originally known as Beatlefest) as a weekend convention at The Commodore Hotel in Manhattan in 1974. Beatlefest had enthusiastic support from John Lennon, who Lapidos met at a March of Dimes Walkathon in Central Park. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also gave Beatlefest a thumbs up, and donated autographed musical instruments for a charity auction at the event, which attracted over 8,000 Beatles devotees.
This year’s New York area Fest for Beatles Fans will be held at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY from March 20 through 22, and is expected to attract over 5,000 attendees. The three day celebration will feature live concerts, exhibits, art contests, a Beatles marketplace, a sound-alike contest, a Battle of the Beatles Bands, and special guests – including multimillion-selling recording artist Gary Wright (who played keyboards on Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album as well as Ringo’s early 70s solo hits), Laurence Juber (lead guitarist for McCartney’s band Wings), Grammy-winning producer Russ Titelman (who produced Harrison’s self-titled album in 1979, as well as albums by Steve Winwood, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton), and many others.
“Young people and teens are huge Beatle fans, so I understand why School of Rock Montclair’s students are so interested in their music,” says Lapidos, who will also produce a Fest for Beatles Fans event in Chicago this year. “The stories behind ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ are fascinating, and I plan on sharing inside info about the albums that’s new, enlightening, and useful to the students.”
The Mark Lapidos presentation about “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” at School of Rock Montclair will take place at 3pm on Saturday, February 21 at the School’s location at 125 Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Non-School of Rock students, their families, and Beatles fans should RSVP by calling School of Rock Montclair at 973-337-5296 to reserve their seats.