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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Brian Southall

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Biography, Prose: non-fiction

Jun 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' most famous album, SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. This landmark publication, written by a record company insider, is a must-have for all Beatles fans.

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of what many think is the greatest Beatles album. This book is a new way of telling the story of the album and is split into two distinct halves: the "A-side" is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how subsequently it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. The "B-side" looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests, from the Six-day War to the death of Che Guevara, from the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist - and much more. Fascinating photographs and text build up a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released.

This book recaptures all the excitement surrounding the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - often lauded as the most popular Beatles album - while also assessing the impact it had on the world at the time and subsequently. The book celebrates a time when a pop album release was a hugely significant event in a year of global turmoil, when the world changed in ways that still affect us today. Those who were there will reminisce fondly and those who weren't will discover what happened in the year a rock 'n' roll album changed the world ... forever.

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Praise for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • This profusely illustrated and beautifully presented book looks at the people who created this pivotal work of rock music, as well as the historical background that made it possible and the impact the work had. It is a wonderful, nostalgic journey for Beatles fans and lovers of the colourful era that produced the album. - Daily Telegraph

  • What else can be said? A splendid time is guarantee for all. - bside Magazine

  • Lavishly illustrated and handsomely bound, it's packed with historical detail and rock-geek trivia. - The Weekly Review (City, Greater Geeolong, Stonnington, South East, Ivanhoe and Valley, Bayside, Eastern), Melbourne Times Weekly, Moonww Valley Weekly,

  • This handsome package, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' epochal 1967 album Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is no el cheapo cash-in.

  • Lavishly illustrated with more than 150 photographs in colour and black-and-white, with text by music journalist, author and former record company executive Brian Southall (who worked at EMI on various ex-Beatles' solo projects), the book is apportioned in six sections.

  • Biographies of each band member, manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin precede a two-part treatise on the album itself: like the record, split into "A" and "B" sides. What follows are essays on the cover art, how the album was received, and a retrospective look at the state of the world at the time Sgt. Pepper's was released. - Courier Mail

  • Herbert's biography pays tribute to this kind, reclusive genius, both on and off the stage. - Yours

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