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Wide Angle Lunch: John McMillian

John McMillian

Beatles vs. Stones

 Historian John McMillian has built his career studying one of the most culturally rich and politically pivotal decades in American history: the Sixties. Having explored that decade’s underground press in his first book, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America, he has turned his attention to another of the Sixties’ defining contributions—its music. In Beatles vs. Stones, McMillian explores the complex relationship between these two iconic bands, equal parts friends and rivals. He reveals how each came to embody a powerful ideology that, five decades later, continues to influence music and culture alike.

McMillian is an assistant professor of American history at Georgia State University.  He earned his PhD at Columbia University, and from 2001-2010 he taught in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University.  He is co-editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, which is published bi-annually by Routledge, and his writing appears in scholarly journals, magazines, and major newspapers.

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Later Event: October 30
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