Robert Rodriguez (writer and podcaster) 


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Robert (Arthur) Rodriguez is a renowned Beatles scholar based in Chicago. He is the author of several biographies of the group, notably the award-winning Revolver: How The Beatles Re-Imagined Rock and Roll (2012). His writings have also appeared in Beatlefan magazine. He is also the creator and host of the long-running Something About The Beatles podcast. 

Rodriguez was also the creator of the FAQ book series for Hal Leonard.  

In 2021, Rodriguez staged a two-day online Beatles fan conference, Fab4ConJam. In addition to numerous authors, scholars and musicians, guests included Alan Parsons, Chris O’Dell, Nancy Lee Andrews, Paul Saltzman, and Robyn Hitchcock

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BA, Shimer College, Humanities 

Media Appearances

Rodriguez is an acclaimed public speaker, presenting programs at universities and libraries, including Monmouth University, Eastman School of Music, Woodstock Opera House, and College of Dupage. He has also appeared numerous times on Chicago’s WGN and WLS radio, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and on Nashville’s From Me To You.   


As a contributor 

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love (2017) ISBN 1498534732 

The Beatles in Context (2021) ISBN 1108409520  

Non-Beatles titles 

The 1950s Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Rock & Roll Rebels, Cold War Crises, and All-American Oddities (2006),

ISBN 1574887157  

As contributor/co-author 

The Sixties Chronicle (2004), ISBN 141271009X  

Great Hispanic-Americans (2005), ISBN 1412711487 

The Fifties Chronicle (2006), ISBN 1412711878 

Something About The Beatles podcast

(See also Something About The Beatles) 

In 2013, Rodriguez created the Something About The Beatles podcast, initially co-hosted by Richard Buskin. Buskin left the show in 2017 and Rodriguez has continued with a series of guest hosts. The show’s format includes interviews, examinations of specific subjects, and the “Olympiad series,” offering song-by-song opinions on specific albums.

Among the interviewees Robert has hosted are a substantial number of “Beatle witnesses” as he calls them: people on in intimate basis with The Beatles, among them friends, family, romantic partners, record producers and engineers, photographers and filmmakers, and journalists, as well as Beatles scholars and fans who experienced the group firsthand, plus professional musicians who worked with or were influenced by them. (See for details.)  


 “… Rodriquez (sic) understands that what the Beatles were striving for was to create something they had not heard on record before and therefore had no nomenclature yet to describe. In short, he understands the artistic process and how to convey that process to a readership that may or may not itself be engaged in the creative process.” Jedd Beaudoin, PopMatters  

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