“Good Day Sunshine State”: The Beatles in Florida

Saturday, March 25, 4pm – FREE

Author and journalist Bob Kealinhg will discuss his newest book “Good Day Sunshine State on Saturday, March 25 at 4pm at the Matheson History Museum, 513 East University Ave. in Gainesville. The event will also be live streamed and can be watched via Zoom. 

Kealing will take the audience through the momentous two weeks the Beatles spent in 1964 Florida: Miami Beach, Key West and Jacksonville. 

His lecture will include their seismic influence on a fraternity of future Rock and Roll luminaries in and around Gainesville: Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Bernie Leadon, Don Felder, Ronnie Van Zant and others. 

Kealing previewed his book in October at Tom Petty Weekend. It includes more than thirty new primary-source interviews and access to Beatle letters, artwork and historic documents from the Hard Rock Collection and the Flagler College Digital Civil Rights Collection. 

Bob Kealing is a six-time, Emmy Award-winning retired broadcast journalist, and two-time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. He has co-founded four Florida Heritage sites in honor of: Jack Kerouac, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Gram Parsons. This is his fifth book. 

The event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, Fla. and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

Free Registration and information about the event is at: tinyurl.com/Iguana1557

Zoom Registration is at: tinyurl.com/Iguana1558

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