The Journal of Beatles Studies

The Journal of Beatles Studies


Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new open access journal, The Journal of Beatles Studies. Co-edited by Holly Tessler (University of Liverpool) and Paul Long (Monash University) the journal will be published twice a year, with the inaugural issue being in September 2022. The journal is sponsored by the University of Liverpool library.

The Journal of Beatles Studies is the first journal to establish The Beatles as an object of academic research, and will publish original, rigorously researched essays, notes, as well as book and media reviews.

The journal aims are; to provide a voice to new and emerging research locating the Beatles in new contexts, groups and communities from within and beyond academic institutions; to inaugurate, innovate, interrogate and challenge narrative, cultural historical and musicological tropes about the Beatles as both subject and object of study; to publish original and critical research from Beatles scholars around the globe and across disciplines.

The Journal of Beatles Studies establishes a scholarly focal point for critique, dialogue and exchange on the nature, scope and value of The Beatles as an object of academic enquiry and seeks to examine and assess the continued economic value and cultural values generated by and around The Beatles, for policy makers, creative industries and consumers. The journal also seeks to approach The Beatles as a prism for accessing insight into wider historical, social and cultural issues.

The journal elicits peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary articles encompassing scholarship about, but not limited to:

  • The Beatles as academic object
  • The historical moment of The Beatles
  • The music of the Beatles, including issues of composition, recording, performance, reception and interpretation
  • Beatles fandom and communities
  • Social identities and The Beatles
  • Beatles geographies
  • The legacy of The Beatles
  • Cultural value and The Beatles
  • The Beatles as heritage object
  • The global Beatles
  • Beatles historiography
  • Mediation of The Beatles
  • Beatles pedagogies
  • Economics of The Beatles
  • Archiving and collecting The Beatles
  • Sustaining The Beatles
  • Issue One CALL OUT

    Navigating and Narrating the Beatles: A Research Agenda for the 21st Century

    The prodigious interest in the Beatles and continued industry devoted to the group is exemplified by the forthcoming release of Peter Jackson’s Get Back, a revision of 1970’s Let It Be. To be screened by Disney in late 2021, the size and scope of the project is signalled by an emphasis on Jackson’s three years of labour and access to 60 hours of archive footage not seen for half a century. The perceived public appetite is measured in the results of this work which reworks Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s lean 80 minutes into six hours of documentary to be revealed over three days in a global televisual event.

    Jackson asserts how this is not a nostalgic exercise, but a new contribution to a necessary understanding of the band: ‘it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.’ Alongside such officially sanctioned exercises, a myriad of other activities that express similar objectives and a fascination with every aspect of the group continue to emerge. These include films like Meeting the Beatles in India (2020, Dir. Paul Saltzman); The Beatles in India, (2021, Dir. Ajoy Bose and Pete Compton), exhibitions and heritage events, podcasts, musical performances, memoirs and popular studies and creative speculations (Daniel Rachel’s Like Some Forgotten Dream: What if the Beatles hadn't split up? (2021); Yesterday, (2019, Dir. Danny Boyle). Likewise, a breadth of scholarly research is devoted to the group and its myriad meanings, spanning disciplines and contributing to an ever-expanding field of activity.

    The Journal of Beatles Studies aims to bring together research and conceptions of the group, to place into dialogue scholars across fields in the arts, humanities, social sciences and beyond, including popular music studies, sociology, cultural history, musicology, heritage studies and museology, archive studies and cultural policy.

    This inaugural issue underlines the intention of the journal to navigate the historical and contemporary attention to the Beatles. It seeks to assess the variety of ways in which the meanings of the group are investigated and narrated, of the scholarly frameworks brought to bear on the band and the purposes to which they have been enlisted.

    We invite original contributions of 6-8,000 words that set out empirically informed ideas for a future-facing agenda for the study of the Beatles, identifying existing paradigms and suggesting new directions, agendas and methodologies for research.

    Proposals for papers are invited that concern (but are not limited to):

    The Beatles as academic object
    The historical moment of The Beatles
    The music of the Beatles, including issues of composition, recording, performance, reception and interpretation
    Beatles fandom and communities
    Social identities and The Beatles
    Beatles geographies
    The legacy of The Beatles
    Cultural value and The Beatles
    The Beatles as heritage object
    The global Beatles
    Beatles historiography
    Mediation of The Beatles
    Beatles pedagogies
    Economics of The Beatles
    Archiving and collecting The Beatles
    Sustaining The Beatles

    Abstracts of 500 words inclusive of an indicative bibliography and short biography should be submitted to the editors by SEPTEMBER 30 2021 via Holly Tessler and Paul Long.

    Notification of invitation to authors to submit to the inaugural edition will be sent by OCTOBER 31 2021
    Deadline for submission of papers: February 2022
    Notification of revisions: April 2022
    Deadline for completion of revisions: June 2022
    Publication: SEPTEMBER 2022

    Co-Editors

    Holly Tessler, University of Liverpool
    Paul Long, Monash University

    Editorial Board

    Christine Feldman-Barrett, Griffith University
    Richard Mills, St. Mary's University

    The Journal of Beatles Studies publishes peer-reviewed articles drawn from leading interdisciplinary and international research on the subject of The Beatles encompassing criticism, historical and textual scholarship, legacy and influence.

    The journal aims to bridge the gap between the study of The Beatles across disciplines such as musicology, cultural studies, history, sociology, music and creative industries, and fan studies, providing a focal point outlet for research undertaken to the very highest standards from around the world. Without privileging any particular critical approaches, methodologies, or theories, the journal welcomes all contributions that throw light upon The Beatles, their works, world, in their time and through to the present day.

    In addition to publishing articles of original scholarship, the journal also offers an extensive range of performance and exhibition reviews covering productions from around the globe, reviews of recent books, blogs, podcasts as well as a dedicated section for critical debates and state-of-the-field surveys.

    Each volume also contains special issues compiled by guest editors drawing together scholarship on a particular theme or topic. Proposals for such special issues are welcomed, and should be emailed to the permanent editors.

    Sections

    Editors’ notes
    Research articles
    Special editions
    Reviews - inclusive of scholarly books, trade publications, documentaries, podcasts, cultural events, exhibitions and festivals.

    Special section - ‘Across the Universe’

    ATU invites a range of creative perspectives on the study of The Beatles from a variety of constituencies in and out of academia. This section invites creative contributions, critiques of the band and the scholarly approach, reflections on memory and The Beatles, imaginative speculations on worlds without The Beatles, commentary on contemporary releases/events/news, etc.

    Articles will be made open access immediately upon publication, whereby an author publication fee (APC) is charged after acceptance. The publication fee is £500/$750 for each published article.

    Institutions are able to become JBS ‘members’ for £2000/$3000. A membership entitles scholars at a member institution to publish five articles in the journal (equivalent to a saving of £500/$750) without time limit, provided those articles pass rigorous peer review. VAT will be added where applicable.

    To express an interest in becoming a JBS member, please email Clare Hooper.

    Co-Editors

    Holly Tessler, University of Liverpool
    Paul Long, Monash University

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