In conjunction with the Mudd’s celebration of The Year of the Beatles, the documentary film Good Ol’ Freda will be shown Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Warch Campus Cinema. Admission is free.
Freda Kelly was a teenager in Liverpool in 1961 when she was asked to be personal secretary and fan club president for an up-and-coming local band. She stayed with the Beatles for 11 years.
From the Good Ol’ Freda official website: “In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.”
If you’ve visited the Mudd this past week or so, you may have noticed a semi-permanent exhibit titled “The Year of the Beatles.” This coming year we will document the 50th anniversary of the rise of the Beatles’ fame in the United States beginning in the fall of 1963 and ending September 4, 1964 with their first and only appearance in Wisconsin.
Artifacts will include reproductions of documents, such as the program from the 1957 garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool, the studio log book documenting the Quarrymen’s first professional recording in 1958, as well as contemporary items, including 45s and LPs and Beatles memorabilia and also scrapbooks complied in 1964. There will also be some groovy events on campus such as speakers, presentations, and maybe even a trivia contest. Keep watching for updates!
We’ll be documenting each of the library’s exhibits all year long on our Year of the Beatles Flickr photoset. We’ve also created a Beatles Pinterest board, containing images of Beatles-related materials available at the Mudd Library.
Say you started doing your job when you were 15 and say you were still doing it 55 years later. Pretty spectacular, right? Let’s sing Happy Birthday (all together now.)