10 Things You Didn't Know About the Beatles' MusicComposer and engineer Scott Freiman deconstructs the band's work and unveils some little-known facts
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Scott Freiman's first record was by the Partridge Family. An uncle quickly rectified that, lending the 10-year-old copies of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and the White Album, and Freiman has been hooked ever since.
Working as a composer and engineer, the 49-year-old has developed a series of well-received lectures on the music of the Beatles, including "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper," "Looking Through a Glass Onion" (about the White Album) and "Tomorrow Never Knows" (on Revolver). It's been a lifetime of fanaticism in the making: "I mentioned what I was doing to a high school friend, and he said, 'Oh, I always knew you'd be doing that,'" Freiman says.
Having presented his lectures for the employees of Facebook and Google (with Pixar upcoming), Freiman will teach a course on the music of the Beatles at Yale, his alma mater, this fall. On June 13th he hosts "A Trip Through Strawberry Fields" at New York's 92nd Street Y Tribeca location.
Freiman's focus is strictly on the band's music. "If someone says, 'I have a napkin that John Lennon once used,' that doesn't interest me," he says. "I'm all about the creative process." Click through for 10 things you may not have known about the Beatles' music.
By James Sullivan