My alma mater, Monmouth University, is hosting a huge conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "White Album"!

Apple Records will be releasing a special box set including remixed version of Beatles' classics along with previously-unreleased material. Monmouth University will kick off an international symposium from November 8th through 11th.

Special guests at a midnight listening party and throughout the weekend will include keynote speaker Mark Lewisohn (a world-renowned Beatles historian), as well as recording engineer Geoff Emerick and record producer Chris Thomas, both of whom worked on the original album in 1968.

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Other special guests at the symposium include former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield, music journalist Rob Sheffield, and musicologist Walter Everett of the University of Michigan.

Events will feature the premiere of the film "The Beatles in India" by Paul Saltzman, and a concert performance by New Jersey's own The Weeklings. A highly regarded cast of experts will also be on hand, including Bruce Spizer, Allan Kozinn, Tim Riley, Jude Southerland Kessler, Ken Dashow, and a host of others.

Smaller sessions will explore the history, significance, and artistry of the Beatles and the "White Album." The conference will also include a bus and walking tour of historical rock ‘n’ roll sites in Asbury Park and Freehold led by Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein, authors of "Rock and Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore."

Attendees interested in interactive sessions can mix a track and take home an MP3 in one of the sessions, and there will also be a music demonstration room where people will have instruments and will show attendees how the Beatles discovered sounds accidentally.

You can attend the conference for a daily fee of $75, which includes conference meals and activities, musical performances, film screenings, book signings, and plenary and keynote sessions. The conference daily sessions are free to Monmouth University students with current university identification and pre-registration at the Central Box Office.

Registration and full conference details are available at monmouth.edu/whitealbum.

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