EVER since I saw the headlines I’ve been trying to fathom it out.
Just what do you do with a masters degree in, well, the Fab Four.
There have been 8,000 books no less, endless documentaries and stories about the Beatles but now we have academia weighing in.
Three years ago, Liverpool’s Hope University launched its Beatles, Popular Music and Society course.
The idea was for postgraduate students to put the lives of these long haired lads from Liverpool under a microscope.
Canadian singer and former Miss Canada finalist Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy was one of 12 full-time students to sign up for the course.
Now the 53-year-old has become the first to graduate.
She said: “I am so proud of my achievement. The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact The Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life.”
Clearly Mary-Lu and her fellow students will have had an eventful three years.
This, after all, is the band that gave us enduring songs, mop haircuts, collarless jackets, peace and love and all manner of beads and bangles during their trip to India to learn transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
While it would be easy to be sceptical about academia going down another long and winding road to somewhere perhaps inexplicable, maybe a study of the Fab Four isn’t such a bad idea.
These were four young men from Liverpool whose lives and music were to change the thinking of a whole generation.
They made things which seemed impossible in the 1960s, possible.
They influenced fashion, music and wrote optimistic songs for a generation that was surrounded by a whirlwind of change. And, for the first time, people actually began to take notice of what pop stars thought and did.
We may not thank them for where that has taken us in today’s world where only celebrity seems to matter, but studying them as a social phenomena maybe isn’t such a bad idea after all.
And that Masters degree? Well it would always make a cracking specialist subject on Mastermind.