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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Walking Back to Waterloo: The Costume Dramas and Psychedelic Tragedies of the Brothers Gibb

Tonight's Explorers Room will spend an evening chasing down the various historical obsessions of the Bee Gees – it will be a program of unapologetic melodrama, heroic sentimentality, hastily remembered historical vignettes, bizarre period details, and a kind of boyish fixation with costume drama. Perhaps because they wrote as such a tight-knit brother-trio, the Bee Gees are some of pop music's most idiosyncratic and particular artists; they almost seem to live in a completely different reality from our own, where supporting monarchy is a rock n roll concept and anguished references to Horatio Nelson never go out of style.  Will feature dynamite harmonies, an overworked mellotron, and absolutely no selections from after 1973. 

 Tonight, at the Turn of the Century

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