Katie Straker is a PhD candidate in musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Katie’s interests include secular medieval song and a variety of issues in popular music, ranging from hermeneutics to compositional processes in experimental genres. Her forthcoming dissertation is on medievalism in pop since 1960.
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Beatles vs. Musicals:
The battle for year end supremacy in the 1960s
By Katie Straker
Research question: What unexpected insights does chart data reveal about The Beatles’ commercial dominance in the 1960s and tell us about the decade’s musical life?