Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
George Martin introduces his autobiographical work, "All You Need Is Ears", with a short anecdote that takes place in Paris. The Beatles reached number one in America for the first time, and the Beatles stood him up for a recording session in Paris. Today's lesson considers the strategy of Martin and his co-author, Jeremy Hornsby, in presenting this particular story as the entry point into Martin's life story.
1) Class Discussion: How does Martin begin his autobiography? Is the reader startled into joining the action, just as Martin was startled awake by the phone call from Brian Epstein in Paris? What was the nature of the phone call?
2) Small Group Discussion: How does the Parisian story change course, from being a celebration of success to showcasing the Beatles's lack of cooperation with a scheduled recording session? Share findings with the rest of the class...
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