the_beatles-11972A summary of the 1960s is merely the backdrop for a popular summer session class at SSU, one that focuses on the music--and the lives--of the Beatles.

Joshua Cook's summer class on the Beatles and their music at Sonoma State uses the Beatles Anthology set that the group assembled in the 1990s as its basic framework. He explains that also helps in delving into the group's creative processes.

Anthology_cover_collageCook has been teaching the Beatles class for the past eight summers, and finds that it changes a little bit each time, just as he himself does.

Cook's San Francisco based band, The Soft White Sixties, draws on numerous influences from five decades back, among them, the Beatles and the Who. That;'s Joshua at the far right in the photo.

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