Though often seen as something of a comedown after its predecessor, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album remains one of the band’s finest achievements. Marking the beginning of the end of the Lennon/McCartney partnership, the album highlighted the band’s strong influences of Indian culture and religion, with many songs composed while they were at Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

In his book focused on the album, Mark Goodall examines aspects of Indian music in this work of Western art, and in this conversation with Aaqil Ahmed, he’ll discuss how this went on to play important roles in the band’s development and subsequent solo careers.

About The Speakers

Mark Goodall

Mark Goodall is a lecturer at the University of Bradford. He is the author of numerous books on film and music and is the producer and director of the feature film Holy Terrors (2017). He plays in the indie chamber folk band Rudolf Rocker.


Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil is the former Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC and Channel 4, delivering many award-winning programmes, including The Life of Muhammad. He is also Professor of Media at Bolton University, Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and a consultant in Television production, communications and diversity.