[UPDATE] Programme and registration for Quadrophenia Symposium, Sussex, 10-11th July
Here by the Sea and Sand: A symposium on the album and film Quadrophenia
Brighton and Sussex 10-11th July.
Participants include Franc Roddam (director of Quadrophenia) and James Wood (Harvard University, the New Yorker).
Released 40 years ago in 1973, The Who's ambitious concept album Quadrophenia portrays the 1964 bank holiday battle between mods and rockers on Brighton beach from the perspective of the young disillusioned pill-popping mod protagonist, Jimmy. Franc Roddam's iconic film of the album was made in 1979, and in the past year the Who has toured playing the entire album. Quadrophenia, the album, was a comparative failure when released, but has since been recognised by many critics as their masterpiece. Quadrophenia is a complex and multilayered work, combining some of the Who's most arresting music with a variety of other art forms (Townshend's story in the liner notes, Ethan Russell's compelling book of photographs). It is embedded in two sites, London and Brighton, as well as in many more personal and political histories.
The Centre for Modernist Studies at Sussex is living up to its name by holding a symposium on the album and film. Quadrophenia fans, please join us.
Registration is now open, and a programme available at our website: http://herebytheseaandsand.wordpress.com/
Also, read about us in Rolling Stone!: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/quadrophenia-hits-the-quad-201404...
We hope to see you there. Please spread the word (And start planning your outfit.)
Best, Pam Thurschwell (organiser)