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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 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 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
Pretty Green teams up with The Beatles to mark Sgt. Pepper anniversary

A limited, 28-piece Pretty Green collection has been launched to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' all-time classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Among the items available are 50 Lonely Hearts Club Parkas, the Strawberry Fields Coat and the Pepper Jacket, including the Pepper drum head logo.

Source: Live4Ever, UK
Why some critics initially hated the Beatles Sgt. Pepper

Critic Richard Goldstein infamously called Sgt. Pepper "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 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 with themed jerseys

The minor league baseball team the Toledo Mud Hens is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper 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 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

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