Fab Four's legacy lives on with fans
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A two-day conference about the Beatles has been hailed a success.
Leading historians, social scientists and musicologists from Britain, Europe and the United States descended on Loughborough last week as the town's university held a conference on the legacy of the Fab Four.
The event – the biggest conference on the Beatles this century – was held 50 years to the day that the group's first single, Love Me Do, was released.
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Organiser Dr Marcus Collins said the event, which was held on Thursday and Friday, was "great fun".
"It went brilliantly," he said. "It was a real academic gathering of the minds of Beatles experts.
"They turned out to be a very varied bunch in that some came from the United States and some came from mainland Europe.
"Some were interested in the musicology while others were concerned with biography and others were engrossed in the lyrics of songs."
Dr Collins said he was hoping to organise another conference at the same site on February 2014.
This will mark the first appearance of the Beatles on America's Ed Sullivan Show.
"This signalled the Beatles invasion of America and I would love to commemorate that with another event like this one," he said. Topics examined included a note-by-note analysis of Love Me Do, a reappraisal of the business acumen of manager Brian Epstein and new evidence relating to the real reason why original drummer Pete Best was sacked.