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WNYC's Soundcheck Presents A Soundcheck Smackdown: “Beatles vs. Rolling Stones”


With Ophira Eisenberg, Bill Janovitz, Mike Myers, and Paul Myers

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium

111 Amsterdam Ave (at 65th Street)

Tickets: FREE. Seats are distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the program. One ticket per person. Admission line forms inside The Library for the Performing Arts' Amsterdam Avenue entrance beginning at 5:00pm.  A portion of the tickets were available through advanced registration online, but advance reservations have all been claimed. 

WNYC's Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, is New York City’s on-air and online destination for new music, live performances, and engaging conversations with artists, critics and tastemakers. In 2010 Soundcheck hosted an epic “Smackdown” debate, pitting The Beatles against the Rolling Stones. The Library for the Performing Arts says it’s time for a rematch!

Arguing for The Beatles are comedian, actor, and director Mike Myers (Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and Shrek); and writer and musician Paul Myers, author of the acclaimed biographies A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio, and It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues. Taking on the Myers brothers on behalf of the Rolling Stones are comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another; and Bill Janovitz, frontman of the alt-rock band Buffalo Tom, and author of Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story of The Rolling Stones, and the 33 1/3 series' book about Exile on Main Street.

Who will win? Be there for a live taping of Soundcheck that might just split the earth in two.

This event is presented in conjunction with The Library for the Performing Arts' free exhibition Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! currently on display in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR and WNYC’s weekly comedy trivia show, Ask Me Another. Selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny," and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira as also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, The Today Show and more. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is a regular host and teller with The Moth.  Ask Me Another airs on WNYC 93.9 FM on Saturdays at 3pm.

BILL JANOVITZ is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He's also released three solo albums. He wrote Exile on Main Street about the iconic Stones album in the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. He has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site and has also contributed to, the Boston Phoenix, and Post Road magazine. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

MIKE MYERS has brought an astonishing array of memorable characters to life in film and television. As a writer, director, producer and actor, Mike is best known as the creative force behind such iconic characters as Austin Powers and Shrek. Mike recently made his directorial debut with the documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in June by RADiUS-TWC in partnership with A&E IndieFilms. Mike began his professional career with Chicago's Second City Troupe, where he was later discovered by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Mike debuted as a featured performer and writer on SNL in 1989. Mike successfully brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the big screen in Wayne's World and Wayne’s World 2, which he also wrote. Mike also created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which spawned two sequels. Mike lent his voice to the title role of Shrek, the beloved green ogre for the DreamWorks animated franchise. He has won an Emmy, multiple MTV awards, an AFI Star Award, the prestigious Jack Benny Award and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one for himself and one for his creation of the Academy Award-winning character Shrek.

Berkeley, California based (Toronto, Canada raised), writer and musician PAUL MYERS is the author of the critically acclaimed music biographies A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio, and It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues. Paul has also contributed to a number of periodicals and websites, including FastCoCreate, Paste, Crawdaddy, and Mix Magazine. He was nominated for a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for writing the music documentary Long John Baldry: In The Shadow Of The Blues (Bravo Canada/BBC 4). Paul is also an experienced musician and songwriter and was the leader of the popular Canadian alternative rock group The Gravelberrys. He is currently one half of the San Francisco rock duo, The Paul & John, whose recently released debut album is entitled, Inner Sunset.



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