Sunday, November 26, 2006
University of Mississippi School of Law CrimProf Michael Hoffheimer and his 17-year-old son have co-authored a chapter in the book "The Beatles and Philosophy."
The contribution of Michael and Joseph Hoffheimer discusses the songs of Beatles member George Harrison and argues that Harrison's interest in Eastern philosophy added depth to the Beatles and helped change the course of Western popular culture.
Father and son agree that their work on the project was enjoyable. "My dad did most of the actual writing, but I compiled a chronology, contributed ideas and proofread," Joseph said.
The co-authors learned a lot about Harrison in writing the chapter. Professor Hoffheimer said he was surprised to find out that George the Beatle first saw a sitar while filming HELP! and soon was studying the Indian instrument and recording with it. Joseph added, "I learned a lot about George's post-Beatle career, such as his Concert for Bangladesh, which included Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ringo." [Mark Godsey]