Do You Want To Know A Secret: Liverpool Uni Journal of Beatles Studies publishes first issue

Beatles fans ‘come together’ to ‘twist and shout’ about the news


Are you a student in Liverpool who has never heard of The Beatles before? (…they do exist.) Perhaps you’re already a super fan, looking for analysis that goes beyond the armchair criticism of r/beatles.

Liverpool student or not, Beatlemaniac or not, you still might be interested to know that the University of Liverpool has recently made history with the launch of its brand new Journal of Beatles Studies (JBS).

It is the first peer-reviewed journal of its kind, in that it is completely devoted to the academic study of the Fab Four.

According to the university: “The journal is a voice to new and emerging research locating the Beatles in new contexts, groups and communities from within and beyond academic institutions.”

Anthony Cond, Chief Executive at Liverpool University Press, remarked that: “Paul McCartney may have once said “The Beatles were always a great little band. Nothing more nothing less,” but that isn’t the full story.

Built on once-in-a-century talent, and sitting at the epicentre of cultural change, The Beatles’ influence and importance continues to inspire serious study.”

In reaction to the news, a UoL student and passionate Rolling Stones fan, who only identified herself as Angie, complained to The Tab Liverpool: “I can’t get no satisfaction [sic], there’s such a lack of academia dedicated to Mick Jagger.”

Pink Floyd fans appeared apathetic when asked by The Tab Liverpool if they would like to see David Gilmour taken more seriously in academic circles, with one fan resigning himself to the idea that, “all in all you’re just another brick in the wall when you’re in higher education.”

Jheez. Anyway, fingers crossed this paves the way for a Fred again.. journal one day.

You can read the first issue of JBS here.