“No One Was Saved”: The Beatles and Organized Religion

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 kennethwomack.com.

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December 1st, 2017

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.