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Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

Friday, May 26, 2017
The Beatles Empire Strikes Back!

An in-depth appreciation of Sgt. Pepper viewed through a socio-political-cultural prism from Beatles scholar Martin Lewis. His reflections ponder the juxtaposition between the album's relentlessly forward-looking music and the nostalgia-suffused lyrics that display the Beatles' affection for Britain's then fading Empire.

Source: Variety
Spotify ranks Sgt. Pepper's

For its golden anniversary, Spotify has compiled some facts about Sgt. Pepper's. Just a little over half of all Sgt. Pepper's listeners on Spotify are under the age of 40. There are 1,765,759 active playlists on Spotify which feature Sgt. Pepper's songs. The most popular Sgt. Pepper's song on Spotify is Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Source: Mass Live
How Paul McCartney's dad inspired When I'm Sixty-Four

Alongside Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, it's important to cite Jim Mac's Jazz Band among Paul McCartney's formative influences. The obscure ragtime combo never cut a record, but it happened to be fronted by the future Beatle's father, Jim. A picture of Jim standing in front of a big bass drum inspired the Sgt. Pepper's cover.

Source: Rolling Stone
Iconic Beatles album cover brought to life at Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens in London has add an installation celebrating 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper's. The display brings the cover of Sgt. Pepper's to life, including a range of hyacinths and peperomia plants, and figures of the four Beatles made from wire framed structures and covered in New Zealand Moss.

Source: Horticulture Week
Cuban artists to pay tribute to the Beatles

Cuban artists will pay tribute to The Beatles on the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper''s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a concert next Thursday at Havana's John Lennon Park, with the participation of 7 national bands. The concert was organized by Cuban musician and composer X Alfonso and musicologist Guille Vilar.

Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Paul McCartney answers questions about Sgt. Pepper's

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Paul McCartney's official website has posted a Q&A with him about Sgt. Pepper's. He reveals where the Sgt. Pepper's name came from, who was picked for the album cover collage and why, the meaning in the Sgt. Pepper's repeating inner groove, and how Ringo became Billy Shears.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Brian Epstein billboards appearing around Liverpool

Posters and signs dedicated to the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein are being spotted across Liverpool. Part of Liverpool's Sgt. Pepper at 50 festival, With A Little Help From My Friends is the name of the new artwork by award winning artist Jeremy Deller who was inspired by the Beatles' song about friendship, loneliness and love.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Sgt Pepper at 50: Ultimate guide to the Liverpool Beatles festival Warning: Page opens with sound

This summer Liverpool is celebrating Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with thousands of people expected to events taking place. The festival festival features 13 events, one to celebrate each track on the Beatles iconic album. These include street theatre, dance shows, musical performances by some of the world's leading artists.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The unsung female artist behind the famous Sgt. Pepper's album cover

The cover of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band has etched itself into British pop culture. But its creator, Peter Blake, didn't work alone. His then wife, American artist Jann Haworth, says she was jointly commissioned by art dealer Robert "Groovy Bob" Fraser. But she's been largely left out of the history of the cover's creation.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, May 19, 2017
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper's. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sgt. Pepper pop up shop coming to Liverpool during Beatles festival Warning: Page opens with sound

As part of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a special shop selling goods related to the seminal recording will appear on Mathew Street for the duration of the party. It will open on next Thursday, the day the anniversary edition of the Sgt Pepper album will be available to buy at midnight.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

Source: Rolling Stone
How the Beatles wrote A Day in the Life

Fifty years after its release, Sgt. Pepper's A Day in the Life remains a testament to the group's ambitious songwriting. It's an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery. The track speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people.

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
How Beatles rallied around Ringo on With a Little Help From My Friends

When the Beatles were in the midst of recording Sgt. Pepper's, Ringo Starr needed a little help from his friends for his vocal cameo. He said, "They had one line that I wouldn't sing, It was, 'What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?' I said, 'There's not a chance in hell am I going to sing this line.'"

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
How Paul McCartney's travels inspired Sgt. Pepper's title track

On November 6th, 1966, Paul McCartney took his Aston Martin DB6 to Le Touquet, France. Wearing a disguise, he travelled toward Paris as an ordinary man, kept a journal of the trip, and shot reel after reel of 8 mm film. It was total freedom, and it made him think about his own band in danger of being suffocated by their own fame.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, May 15, 2017
New Beatles book unveils identity of Sgt. Pepper

While the picture of the man depicting "Sgt. Pepper" in the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album looks like a character out of a story book, he was actually a real person. In his new book "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective," author Bruce Spizer reveals his identity the first time.

Source: Variety
New Zealand radio stations to pay tribute to Pepper's anniversary

To coincide with the release of a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages, several local radio stations across New Zealand will be playing a special 1 hour program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album's release. The show contains original Pepper's mono mixes and well as some new stereo mixes.

Source: Radio Info, Australia
Sgt. Pepper's at 50: Why it's still worth celebrating Warning: Page opens with sound

In 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles had aroused feverish expectations and lived up to all of them. For 50 years now, it has been more than a record. It is the high-water mark of hippiedom and a landmark in the history of music. It's the best-selling studio album by the best-selling band of all.

Source: Newsweek
Friday, May 12, 2017
Why some critics initially hated the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's

Critic Richard Goldstein infamously called Sgt. Pepper's "an undistinguished collection of work." Even some critics who praised it, like Rolling Stone's Greil Marcus, said, "Sgt. Pepper, as the most brilliantly orchestrated manipulation of a cultural audience in pop history, was nothing less than a small pop explosion in and of itself."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Letter reveals the moment BBC banned the Beatles

A newly revealed letter reveals the reason why the BBC banned The Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece A Day In The Life. The remarkable letter from the BBC, shared by the Beatles on Facebook, explains, "We cannot avoid coming to the conclusion that the words "I'd love to turn you on"... could have a rather sinister meaning".

Source: Clash Music
Friday, May 5, 2017
PBS celebrates 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with new documentary

PBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beatles album with a new documentary, Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released on June 1, 1967. This new documentary premieres Saturday, June 3 on PBS.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, May 4, 2017
7 Liverpool links to the Sgt. Pepper's album

1967 is seen as the golden year for classic albums, with Sgt. Pepper released on June 1. Even after 50 years it's a record which continues to influence music in 2017. Ahead of the Sgt. Pepper 50 celebrations in Liverpool here are just some of the reasons why the links between the album and the city remain as strong as ever.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Minor league baseball team celebrates Sgt. Pepper's with themed jerseys

The minor league baseball team the Toledo Mud Hens is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's with detailed theme jerseys. The jersey is designed to look like the uniform Paul McCartney wears on the cover the album. The team shared a look at the jerseys on Tuesday, they'll wear them in their game on June 16.

Source: Billboard
New parody concept album mashes up Sgt. Pepper and Star Wars

"Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans" celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars flick, by changing the lyrics of the songs from the groundbreaking 1967 album to tell the story of the blockbuster 1977 sci-fi/fantasy movie.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Monday, May 1, 2017
Sgt Pepper anniversary events you can attend for free in Liverpool

A number of free events will take place in Liverpool to celebrate 50 years of the release of The Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper. The free shows open to the public to attend include city-wide events, a show inspired by Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite at Aintree Racecourse and another show inspired by the song Lovely Rita.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Two Sgt. Pepper turntables in time for the 50th anniversary

June 1 will mark fifty years since the Beatles released the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Along with a super deluxe box set, there are a number of other Sgt. Pepper products in the pipeline, including these two Beatles-themed high-end turntables from Pro-Ject, the largest manufacturer of record players in the world.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Thursday, April 27, 2017
John Lennon's original Sgt. Pepper sketch headed to auction

John Lennon's original album art sketch for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be up for on May 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The drawing was found in a sketchbook uncovered at Lennon's former home in Surrey, England, where he lived in 1964, and is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles film will share never-before-seen footage from Abbey Road

Never-before-seen footage of the Beatles, including songs, out-takes and studio chats by the band, will be broadcast in a new documentary film. It will be part of a range of special BBC programmes celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the group's biggest-selling and most acclaimed records, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Irish Examiner
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sgt. Pepper's anniversary to be remembered on BBC Radio

Special programs to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles will air on BBC Radio 2, 4 Extra and 6 Music. Sgt. Pepper Forever, hosted by Martin Freeman, will feature "work-in-progress" versions of Sgt. Pepper tracks, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

Source: Radio Today, UK
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Why Hitler and Jesus weren't on the cover of Sgt Pepper's

It was 50 years ago this summer that The Beatles released their legendary eighth studio album Sgt . Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is a look back on some fascinating facts about the iconic record, including song inspirations, historical figures who didn't make it to the cover, and who was the real Sgt. Pepper.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Monday, April 17, 2017
Grand Rapids Pops concert celebrates iconic Beatles album

The Grand Rapids Pops will join with Classical Mystery Tour, who look and sound like The Beatles, to perform songs from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, celebrating its 50th anniversary, performed exactly as originally recorded, from Penny Lane with solo piccolo trumpet to Yesterday with an acoustic guitar and string quartet.

Source: Michigan Live
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
New Beatles Sgt. Pepper's documentary set for release in May

It was announced today that a new Beatles documentary "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond" will be released in UK cinemas on May 26th, digital on June 1st and DVD on July 3rd. The documentary examines the year they stopped touring and became the world's most innovative recording artists.

Source: Flickering Myth
Liverpool bands wanted for Beatles Sgt Pepper at 50 Festival Warning: Page opens with sound

The team behind the massive Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home celebrations in Liverpool are on the hunt for local musicians and performers to take part in one of the biggest events in the festival programme. Musicians, vocalists, circus performers, dancers and poets are all being asked to sign up for the event to perform.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, March 31, 2017
Sgt Pepper: 50 facts about the iconic Beatles album Warning: Page opens with sound

This summer marks 50 years since the Beatles released their legendary album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Liverpool is celebrating with a huge festival. As we look forward to the exciting event, the Liverpool Echo has put together 50 facts about what is widely regarded as the greatest album of all time.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper art: 10 things you didn't know

It's one thing for an album to come along and press itself so deeply into the culture that little feels the same after its arrival, but what are the chances that that same album would have the most iconic LP artwork of all time? So it goes with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and its front cover courtesy of Pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
How Sgt. Pepper's changed music forever

June 1 will mark the 50th birthday of Sgt. Pepper's, still considered a groundbreaking, influential album, not only for the Beatles but also as one of the most important albums ever recorded. It was the first to consider production quality as important as writing and performing, a concept that has heavily influenced pop music today.

Source: Lifezette
Liverpool arts festival to mark 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's

A festival to mark one of The Beatles' most famous albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to be held in Liverpool 50 years after it was launched. A host of world-renowned artists have collaborated for the festival of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre in tribute to what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time.

More Information  Source: BT News, UK
Monday, March 20, 2017
Mersey Beatles celebrate Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary in Liverpool

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's and to celebrate the occasion The Mersey Beatles will be performing the whole album live at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, the theatre named for the late Beatles manager, on April 1. The Mersey Beatles have been recreating the sights and sound of the Beatles since 1999.

Source: Broadway World, UK
Friday, February 24, 2017
It's Sgt Pepper's 50th birthday, and Liverpool is throwing a party

Jun 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Liverpool wants you to celebrate. The city has put a bunch of events under the title 50 Summers of Love, and later in the summer, there's the Mersey River Festival and the Liverpool International Music Festival.

Source: The List, UK

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