Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles, And The World In 1967 by Brian SouthallSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles, And The World In 1967 by Brian Southall

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles, And The World In 1967

byBrian Southall

Hardcover | May 9, 2017

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A carefully crafted and collectible volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of a legendary and groundbreaking Beatles album.  Expert Brian Southall's unique edition recounts the story behind the music and the cultural climate of 1967 when Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band debuted.

The "A-side" of this coolly curated title is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how 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 to the launch of  Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist--and so much, much more.

Fascinating photographs and text build a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released.
Brian Southall is the former Head of Press at EMI and has written about music for over 50 years. Previous publications include Northern Songs - the story of the Beatles' music publishing empire, Beatles Memorabilia: The Julian Lennon Collection, Jimi Hendrix: Made In England, The Rise and Fall of EMI Records, and Sex Pistols: 90 Days a...
Title:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles, And The World In 1967Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.7 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:CharlesbridgeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1623545269

ISBN - 13:9781623545260

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Read from the Book

Think back half a century if you can – you maynot be old enough – and try to remember whatwas going on in your life. Throughout writingthis book, I have had the pleasure of sharingmemories with a host of people, includingmusicians, producers, composers, broadcasters,photographers, designers and fans who turnedtheir minds back five decades to tell me whatthey remembered from the year when weexperienced the “summer of love”.I was approaching 20 years of age whenSgt. Pepper came out in June 1967 and wasemployed at a local newspaper as a juniorreporter. I’d dipped a toe in the world of popmusic writing a column the paper had startedin an attempt to receive free records.When that worked, we branched out andbegan reviewing concerts and interviewingmusical stars. My contribition to the columnincluded giving Bob Dylan a thumbs-up forhis 1965 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,F O R E W O R D“It was 20 years ago today” – or so said Sgt Pepper. In fact, it is 50 yearsago since the Beatles released the album that went on to change theworld of music forever. This is a celebration of 1967...interviewing the Rolling Stones (with a verytruculent Brian Jones) backstage at SouthendOdeon and being told exclusively by PeteTownshend that the Who were so bored theywere thinking of breaking up.The column eventually folded, but nothingcould dim my new-found love of popular musicin all of its glorious forms. That, of course,included the Beatles, whose escapades I’dfollowed since 1962 and, as they went on todominate the world, they shone through asunique talents who would never split up.That was not to be the case, of course, but inthe mid-sixties we didn’t worry about musicaldifferences or band bust-ups. The Beatles ruledthe roost, even as their music developed tobecome more experimental and unshackled fromany constraints and they evolved to produce amasterpiece suited to a time when psychedelia,love and peace were forever in the air.Memories, at times, are hard to recall.Nostalgia is hard to pin down. My wife and Ihave totally different memories as to where wewere when – together then as a couple – wefirst heard the mighty sounds of Sgt. Pepper.In my mind, we were all sitting around therecord player in a schoolfriend’s lounge – he hada big house with several large rooms. However,Pat, my wife, recalls that we were actually inthe house of that same schoolmate’s girlfriend.The fact that we heard the same album on thesame day, but in houses 12 miles apart, is notimportant. What is relevant is that we bothremember, clear as day, when we first heardthe album’s stunning tracks, ‘Sgt. Pepper...’,‘Within You Without You’, ‘Lucy In The Sky WithDiamonds’, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ and ‘A Day InThe Life’. I can’t think of another album that Ican pin down in the same way.If you want any other reminders of whatwas happening in 1967 I can tell you that thecost of an average house in Britain was £3,840,8The Beatles saved the world from boredom.GEORGE HARRISONpetrol was 5s.2d a gallon and a new Mark II FordCortina would set you back £749. And, for thosereaders of a younger disposition, performerswho were born 50 years ago this year includeFaith Hill, Keith Urban, Vanilla Ice and the lateKurt Cobain.Matching tie-pins and cuff-links were allthe rage for the smarter man back then, whilegirls took to wearing mini-skirts – in “shockorange” or “switched-on pink” – with a metalchain belt. You could watch The Prisoner, TheForsyte Saga, Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton,at the time) Z Cars and The Saint on televisionand the list of the year’s greatest albums camefrom the Velvet Underground & Nico, the Doors,Love, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrixand Cream.The world’s five biggest chart hits werecalculated to be ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’ (ProcolHarum), ‘I’m A Believer’ (the Monkees), ‘All YouNeed Is Love’ (the Beatles), ‘Light My Fire’ (theDoors) and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (theBeatles), which Sir Tim Rice describes as “abrilliant list – all five are just fantastic”. And sothey were. And always will be.For those of us who were there in 1967 – andno doubt for some who caught up with things abit later – 1967 was a memorable year in history,and not just for the music. There were tragedies,scientific breakthroughs, wars and new laws,protests and major achievements in the arts,sport and politics.You don’t have to take my word for it as tohow special things were back then. Even someof the Beatles were impressed...

Editorial Reviews

Fifty years after Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, Southall (Northern Songs), former head of press at EMI, presents a tribute to this enduring album. Roughly the size and shape of an album cover, this book is divided into two parts (whimsically referredt to as the "A" and "B" sides). In the first section, Southall imparts solid if fairly unexciting material about the group and the production of the album. The second part zooms out for a look at the political, social, and pop cultural environment of 1967. The author's coverage of the larger music scene is intriguing--his exploration of innovative groups such as Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention offers context for where Sgt. Pepper fit in -- but his laborious, often dry month-by-month look at 1967 is somewhat exhausting. However, this isn't a little that most music lovers will read from cover to cover. Visually enticing, with tons of quotes and photos galore (many of which depeict the Fab Four in delightfully garish hippie garb), it's ripe for browsing. VERDICT: Not essential reading by any means, but a fun addition to larger music collections. Watch it fly off display shelves. -- Library Journal