sergeant pepper's lonely hearts club

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It was an idea I had, I think, when I was flying from L.A. to somewhere. I thought it would be nice to lose our identities, to submerge ourselves in the persona of a fake group. We would make up all the culture around it and collect all our heroes in one place. So I thought, A typical stupid-sounding name for a Dr. Hook’s Medicine Show and Traveling Circus kind of thing would be ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Just a word game, really.”

—Paul McCartney, 1984

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John Lennon and his girlfriend May Pang at the Opening of ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ at Beacon Theater in New York City on November 17, 1974. 

In 1973, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono separated, Pang and Lennon had a relationship lasting over 18 months, during a time which Lennon later referred to as his “Lost Weekend.” Pang had previously worked as a personal assistant and production coordinator for Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.

Photos by Ron Galella

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June 1st 1967: Sgt. Pepper released

On this day in the 1967 the British band The Beatles released their iconic album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Their eighth album, Sgt. Pepper was an experimental piece as one of the world’s first concept albums, and represented a marked break from the Beatles’ earlier work. The concept of the album came from Paul McCartney and is that the album is being performed by a fictional band - the titular 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Each Beatle took on a new persona in the band, most prominently drummer Ringo Starr as Billy Shears. Having decided to stop touring in 1966, the band were freer to write songs that would be difficult to play live, including the famous 'A Day In The Life’. Other songs on the album have acquired equally legendary status, including 'With a Little Help from My Friends’, 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and 'When I’m Sixty-Four’. The album cover was designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by McCartney, and featured cut-outs of famous figures. The figures depicted include Bob Dylan, Edgar Allan Poe, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Peel, Stuart Sutcliffe, Laurel and Hardy, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde and wax versions of the Beatles themselves; John Lennon was denied his request to feature Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ. Sgt. Pepper was an instant success, spending 22 weeks at the top of the UK album chart and winning four Grammy Awards; it is still considered one of the band’s best albums and one of the greatest albums of all time.

I was tagged by @unchain-the-colours to put my music on shuffle, write down the first ten songs and tag ten people. Thank you!! 💕

1. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

2. Fuel by Metallica

3. Arlandria by Foo Fighters

4. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ by Judas Priest

5. Territorial Pissings by Nirvana

6. Ride The Lightning by Metallica

7. Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

8. Celebrity Skin by Hole

9. You’re No Good by Van Halen

10. Spoonman by Soundgarden

So now, to tag some wonderful people: @kirkhammies @larsulrichtinyweenie @jessyulrich @flyinghetfield @eddiethehead @discogrohl @loveittodeath @witchy-tombstone-smile aaannnddd I am too lazy to come up with more. Also, only do this if you feel like it!! 💖💖

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, the group’s 10th US No.1 album.

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guitar art by the Fool’s Marijke Koger (also as seen in the wall murals on the beatle’s Apple Boutique)