The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective

The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is just that — a book about Sgt. Pepper, written by fans for fans.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most famous album by the most famous band in the history of rock ’n’ roll. It became the soundtrack for the Summer of Love (1967), with its music constantly flowing out of Hi-Fi systems, portable record players and radios throughout the world. That summer, people weren’t just listening and dancing to Sgt. Pepper, they were discussing its music, its sounds, its lyrics and its remarkable cover. The attention to detail taken by The Beatles for every aspect of the album, from its recording down to the red and white psychedelic inner sleeve that held the vinyl disc, made Sgt. Pepper an all-encompassing and mind-blowing experience collectively shared by millions.

In addition to essays written by Spizer, Al Sussman, Frank Daniels, Piers Hemmingsen and Bill King, the book contains over 80 fan recollections ranging from “everyday people” to Beatles authors (Mark Lewisohn) and musicians (Peter Tork of The Monkees, Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and Billy Joel). The book has over a hundred full color and original black and white images, including intimate photographs from 1967 of fans holding the album cover. These images and heart-felt memories add a personal touch demonstrating the true impact of the act we’ve known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

As with Bruce’s other books, and in keeping with the spirit of the Sgt. Pepper album, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective is a treat both visually and from an information and story-telling experience.

Digital $20
Hardcover $30
Collector’s Edition $75

 

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Description

1st edition, 2017

176 pages
9″ x 9″
Hardbound

full color throughout
ISBN# 978-0-9832957-4-7

 

Table of Contents

“And the jukebox kept on playin’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…”
An American Beatles fan perspective by Bruce Spizer

Remember Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club is The Beatles

Canada’s Centennial Celebration Gets A Present From The Beatles by Piers Hemmingsen

The Communal Sgt. Pepper by Al Sussman

The World of Sgt. Pepper: Pop Music Came to a Crossroads in 1967by Al Sussman

Call his wife in: Influences on and of Sgt. Pepper by Frank Daniels

Fan Recollections

A Fan’s Notes: 1967­— It Really Was the Summer of … Change by Bill King

Sgt. Pepper Invades the World

Who Am I To Stop A Good Rumor? The Sgt. Pepper Packaging

Recording History: Who Did What?

Fab Four Fan Favs

Collector's edition extras

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Reviews

Bruce’s passion does the world a service. He creates a way station for people like me who believe that what The Beatles created (in all of its musical incarnations, manifestations and associated product analysis) is an emotional connection to something more than just pop music. Bruce helps us to see into frameworks of creative, cultural and stylistic importance that wouldn’t be mined were it not for his passion.  It is all so endlessly fascinating to me and this book is so necessary because the damn album is that important!—John French

I’ve just scrolled through the pdf of the book, and then again backwards. It looks beautiful, interesting and useful, which does not, of course, surprise me at all. Looking forward to really digging into it.–Allan Kozinn

I had a vision of what the book would be like…and that vision was pretty impressive. But you (and all of your contributors from Tom Frangione…love that photo!) to Billy Joel to Mark Lewisohn (another priceless photo!) to Mark Lapidos and the story about his brother…you all exceeded any expectation I had. This book is priceless. It is absolutely beautiful. You should be So. Very. Proud. Wow.–Jude Southerland Kessler

40 comments

  1. John Bezzini (verified owner)

    Having turned 12 years old six months prior to that momentous first listening, I was ill-prepared for what I was about to hear. Having been a Beatles fan since that historical Sunday evening of February 9th, 1964, I was expecting another collection of great pop songs. In the Hartford, Connecticut listening area there were two radio stations always vying for the next Beatle “exclusive” to put on the air (WDRC and WPOP). WDRC was the station I ended up listening to for the Sergeant Pepper premiere. In an unusual circumstance they played the entire album without any interruptions which was unheard of in those days. As I was listening, I must admit to having mixed feelings. I was used to the more poppy Beatles not the more sophisticated sounds that I was hearing. After all of these years, I am ashamed to admit that for a brief time, I actually preferred the more poppy approach of the Monkees. That was not to last long. As the first generation fans were maturing, the Beatles artistic talents were as well, dealing with topics we became more interested in as we left childhood. I recall purchasing the Pepper album for the first time and being amazed and startled at the ornate cover, wondering who all of those people were and the full lyrics were published on the back cover-WOW. Early favorite songs on the album were Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and With a Little Help from My Friends. As we were getting older, listening to this album assured us of one important thing, we and the world would never be the same again……….

  2. Brian Barros (verified owner)

    I was 11 years old in 1967. People tend to forget that The Beatles attracted fans of all ages, so the grade school kids liked them just as much as the high school kids. That is probably not the case with most bands today. Ever since that night in February of 1964 I was hooked. I played all the records endlessly, saw “A Hard Days Night” and “Help” whenever they came to town even did things like collect all the gum cards. So being in 6th grade at the time, I still sort of believed in the Beatles myth, the fun mop tops. We had already gotten a little dose of these new Beatles when the “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields” single and videos came out. Most of us in my grade hated it. What are these funny noises” Why do they have beards? They don’t look happy anymore? Some kids had already made the switch to The Monkees. So when my sister, who was 8 years older than me brought home “Sgt. Pepper”, I remember just looking at the cover like it was something so foreign. Why are they calling themselves something different? Words on the back, cutouts, this stuff is different. Then we put the record on. I think I had a whole different reaction than many people. The first song was okay and the Ringo song was fun, but then it got more weird. All these different sounds, with trumpets, violins and instruments I couldn’t even make out. “She’s Leaving Home” was like a song that old people listen to. There were no fun songs. I no longer got that happy feeling I got listening to Beatles music. I want “She Loves You” or “Day Tripper”, probably a reaction a lot of 11 year olds had at the time. I found myself longing for my old Beatles. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate “Pepper” more for the historical event that it was, but it is probably still the Beatles album I play the least. I’m not sure if it is because it really isn’t rock and roll album or there something inside me from 50 years ago that I’ve never gotten over.

  3. Gary J. Sokol

    When Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in was over at a freinds house and his older brother he’d just brought the Mono LP home and was listening to it in his bedroom well we could hear through two bedroom doors . I remembered that it didn’t have as much guitar up front like all the previous Beatles records so we didn’t really get it at first “wow that was hard to say” but hey we were only 13 years old at the time I could remember skipping over Within you and without you and not caring for when I’m 64 but enjoying most of the rest of the album especially the Run out groove blew our minds LOL

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