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Kenneth Womack

Kenneth Womack is dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as professor of English. A world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence, his latest book project is a two-volume, full-length biography of famed Beatles producer George Martin, the first volume of which — Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966) — is forthcoming from Chicago Review Press in 2017. Find out more at


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From the dreary lyrics of “Eleanor Rigby” to Lennon’s infamous remarks on Christianity, The Beatles seemed to embody a godless skepticism about the world. But was their outlook really so bleak? Kenneth Womack on the deeper message at the heart of their music: a life-affirming, transcendent sense of communal good.