“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

This is the controversial cover of Rhino Records’ early 80s compilation of songs about the Beatles. How could this awesome cartoon by noted illustrator William Stout be controversial? It depicts a Beatles convention and the stereotypes that attend them—and look at the guy on the left holding the banner. Yeah, that’s Mark David Chapman, the guy who shot John Lennon, with a copy of The Catcher in the Rye at his feet. I love Stout’s work, and he absolutely makes a point about the folks who are too into the Beatles, but damn, that’s tasteless. Rhino recalled as many copies as it could and replaced the cover, but it was too late; these are fairly easy to find if you’re looking for ‘em.

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