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Thomas MacFarlane

Musician/Author/Lecturer

Thomas MacFarlane completed his doctoral studies at New York University where he has taught courses in music composition and arts analysis. He now teaches a Popular Music Studies class at William Paterson University. His research explores the connections between recording technology and music composition.

Biography

Thomas MacFarlane completed his doctoral studies at New York University where he has taught courses in music composition and arts analysis. He now teaches a course at William Paterson University that deals with Popular Music in a global context. Thom's research explores the connections between recording technology and music composition. He is the author of The Beatles’ Abbey Road Medley: Extended Forms in Popular Music (2007), The Beatles & McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012), Experiencing Billy Joel: A Listener’s Companion (2016), and The Music of George Harrison (2019). Thom has also contributed chapters and articles to various studies on popular music and has given presentations at international venues such as New York University, the University of Leeds, the University of Glamorgan at Cardiff, and the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Popular Music, Music Composition, Arts Analysis, Media Arts

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - The Music of George Harrison - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Experiencing Billy Joel: A Listener's Companion

Interview with film composer Ira Newborn


Published: Sep 29, 2016 by Experiencing Billy Joel: A Listener's Companion
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane/Ira Newborn
Subjects: Audio, Music

A conversation with composer Ira Newborn regarding his own career and his work with Billy Joel

VOLUME! THE FRENCH JOURNAL OF POPULAR MUSIC STUDIES

A Mosaic Approach to Abbey Road


Published: Mar 01, 2016 by VOLUME! THE FRENCH JOURNAL OF POPULAR MUSIC STUDIES
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

An application of a mosaic approach to the song/track 'Because' from The Beatles' Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012)

Interview with Michael McLuhan


Published: Oct 26, 2012 by The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012)
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane/Michael McLuhan
Subjects: Audio, Art & Visual Culture

An extended interview with Michael McLuhan regarding his father's work

The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Meet Marshall McLuhan


Published: Oct 26, 2012 by The Beatles and McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012)
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Audio, Media and Cultural Studies, Art & Visual Culture

A complete transcription of the filmed conversation between Lennon, Ono, and McLuhan in December 1969

Journal on the Art of Record Production

Magical Mystery Tour: Mono Or Stereo?


Published: Oct 01, 2009 by Journal on the Art of Record Production
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

An exploration of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (1967) using the ideas of Marshall McLuhan

Summer of Love: The Beatles, Art and Culture in the Sixties

"All Together Now: The Simultaneous Worlds of Sgt. Pepper" in Summer of Love: The Beatles, Art and Culture in the Sixties


Published: Aug 27, 2008 by Summer of Love: The Beatles, Art and Culture in the Sixties
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane (1 chapter)
Subjects: Media and Cultural Studies

An exploration of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band using the ideas of Marshall McLuhan

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

"Sgt. Pepper's Quest for Extended Form" in Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles: It Was Forty Years Ago Today


Published: May 01, 2008 by Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane (1 chapter)

An assessment of the Sgt. Pepper album in terms of the Beatles' continuing attempts to expand musical form.

The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley: Extended Forms in Popular Music

Interview with Peter Brown


Published: Nov 16, 2007 by The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley: Extended Forms in Popular Music
Authors: Thomas MacFarlane/Peter Brown
Subjects: Audio, Music, Media and Cultural Studies

A conversation with Beatle associate Peter Brown

News

Nova York marcou para sempre a carreira dos Beatles (February 2014)

By: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Applied Arts & Music, Art & Visual Culture, Audio, Film and Video, Mass Communications, Media, Journalism and Communications

Interviewed by the Brazilian television channel Globo for a special news segment focusing on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

How to Introduce the Beatles To Your Kids, With 2 Beatleologists (13 January 2016)

By: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Applied Arts & Music, Audio, Family Studies, Music, Psychology

Interviewed with Scott Freiman for the website on the issue of how to introduce children to the music of the Beatles.

Beatles beat the Bard as cultural reference point (20 June 2007)

By: Thomas MacFarlane
Subjects: Applied Arts & Music, Art & Visual Culture, Audio, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications

An academic conference held at University of Leeds in June 2007 dealing with The Beatles' album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.