Fab4Con Jam, or: Shameless Self-Promotion, Take Two.


I’ve been looking forward to posting about this and participating in this for months, ever since I discussed the possibility with Robert. (For more on why I didn’t get this news out sooner, see the note at the bottom). Not only do I get the chance to delve into an in-depth discussion of Christine Feldman Barrett’s new book, A Women’s History of the Beatles, with Robert and Christine herself on the 20th, I will also be available to do a live Q&A on Sunday the 21st. And that’s just some of the awesome stuff planned for this conference. But I teach history, not advertising, so lets have the pros tell you about it:

Here’s the link to the official page: Home » Fab4Con Jam Feb. 20th & 21st >> Tickets On Sale Now

And here’s a promo blurb, to give you an idea:

Two years of development later and we’re ready NOW! I’m about to burst with excitement over here…We created an event to celebrate the inspiration that The Beatles have on us, and we’re doing it in a way that’s never been done before.

We’ve teamed up with artists, speakers, and other legends to Come Together and celebrate The Beatles. It’s a virtual event on another level for it’s interactive element. We teamed up with our livestream partner, In.Live, to take you on a ride of entertainment, fun, and discovery. All on a cutting edge video platform technology with HD streaming and interactive capabilities to even interview the guest speakers! 

Come Together and join us for this special event February 20th and 21st

This is going to be an amazing experience, and everything is going to be top-of-the-line. I had a tutorial on the technology and staging for the video part of the conference (for those who are interested, I’m gong to have to flee my own house and spend the weekend participating in exile at my sister-in-law’s, because there is no way on earth I would be able to get through this otherwise without constant interruption) and I can’t wait for this weekend to get started. For any readers who are interested, please let me know, and leave comments or questions!



I fully intended to post this days ago. Then my 11 month old came down with a fever, conveniently timed for the middle of the night. (Cue parental sleep deprivation). After a few days, when he started getting healthy again, my two and a half year old came down with it. I won’t gross you out with the details of caring 24/7 for two sick toddlers, but I admit the juxtaposition of the announcement of this conference (which I am very excited about participating in) and the reality of my situation wiping noses and distributing children’s Tylenol amused me, even in my exhaustion.

At one point I had to chuckle at myself, imagining one of those narrator voices: “Here we see Erin Weber, historian and well-respected Beatles author, operating on three hours sleep, scrubbing regurgitated cheerios off of her be-slimed couch. Erin, what can you tell us about the lack of authorial diversity in Beatles historiography, and why you find that to be a detriment?”

Cheers! (Both little ones are doing better, btw, but neither is back to 100%). And, apropos of nothing, because I have been a Kansas City fan since I was 12: Super Bowl Prediction (Do you know Lamar Hunt coined the term Super Bowl?) Chiefs 34, Bucs 27.

19 thoughts on “Fab4Con Jam, or: Shameless Self-Promotion, Take Two.

    • Erin says:

      Great news, Kristy! What event are you looking forward to the most? (And don’t worry: I won’t be upset if you don’t say either of mine). For me, it would probably either be the segment on Mal Evans, or the Apple Scruffs. I’m always a big fan of Kenneth Womack’s.


  1. Laura says:

    I snagged a no-frills two-day ticket for the early-bird price.

    That was supposed to end yesterday, so hurry!

    And go Chiefs! (since the Niners aren’t in it :0)


    • Erin says:

      That’s great to hear! I felt bad because I didn’t post the promo before the early-bird price expired, or so I thought. I’m glad to hear they were still available, at least for a while.

      Hey, if you guys go get DeShaun Watson (please, please rescue him from the Texans, because he deserves better) then you’ll probably be in the Super Bowl playing against the Chiefs again next year. I’d love to see that. Sorry about all the injuries you guys had to deal with this season.


  2. lizzy9591 says:

    Thanks this sounds cool! Is there an agenda available? Your talk sounds really interesting so if I only get a single day ticket don’t want to miss it!


  3. SAK says:

    Yes, bought tickets earlier this week. Looking forward to your presentation, Beatles India presentation and MonaLisa Twins. Just hope no glitches with the technology. By the way, your team sure was lucky the side judge was blind and didn’t see what should’ve been a major targeting penalty by Sorensen on my Browns receiver. That was a TD. Lucky, just sayin…..


    • Erin says:

      Great, thrilled to hear you’re going to watch. And according to Robert, the technology is going to be top-notch. I’ve already had one discussion with the tech guy to prep, and we’ll do more before the events start.

      Oh yeah, that was targeting, Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t get called cause the line judge was right there. But the “fumble through the end zone” rule turning into a touchback is the most punitive rule in football. I get it, but it can really swing a game. (For the record, I was 85% convinced Andy wasn’t going for it on that 4th and 1. With Mahomes? Absolutely you do. But Chad Henne? I did not want them to run a play. Shows what I know).

      I promise I will feel bad over the calls going the Chiefs way in playoff games once it’s been equaled out by all the bad calls that went against them in playoff games. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, google Chiefs/Titans Wild Card Round 2017 and “Forward Progress.” Good grief. Or did you know that much of the time judges will tell a player (cough Dee Ford cough) that they’re on the verge of lining up offsides and tell them to nudge back? They certainly didn’t do that in the 2018 AFC Championship game.

      Just to let you know, I was rooting for the Browns. (Not against the Chiefs, obviously) to do well this season. I waited 26 years, from the age of 12, having my heart broken in cruel and interesting ways seemingly every year in the playoffs, always seeing everyone else with the better quarterback, win the trophy with the Chiefs founder’s name on it. It got to the point where I wondered if my Dad, who’s been a Chiefs fan since the first Super Bowl, would live to see them in another Super Bowl before he died. And then last year they did it, and won it all, and it was an amazing experience that other long-suffering fans should absolutely get to have, and frankly, I can’t think of many more long-suffering fans than Browns fans. Yeesh.


  4. Karen Rothman says:

    Just opened your email this morning. Trying to get a VIP pass for the weekend through the ticketing site. Unable to do so. They only show Saturday on their site. Been waiting to hear back from their support but need to move on with my day. Very discouraging.


  5. Karen Rothman says:

    Why I am unable to buy a 2 day or VIP ticket from the vendor. I have created an account. They have not responded to my email for help. Can you help? Is anyone else having the same problem? All I can order is a Saturday, Day 1 ticket.


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