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. Larry Miller (verified owner)

    I was wrapping up the 8th grade of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in June, 1967. Since I lived close to the school, I used to walk home for lunch. There was such a pre-release buzz about the album that I had talked to the Music House and knew exactly what day they would have the album for sale. On that day, I ran home at noon, hopped on my bike, rode the mile+ to the store, rode back to drop the album off back home, and ran back to school before the nuns could whack me with a ruler for showing up after 1:00. The cover was so amazing, I just knew the music would match it. The 2 1/2 hours until I could go home at 3:30 was the longest afternoon in my scholastic life. But by 4:30 and the last note finally faded away, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

  2. David Rauh

    The summer of 1967, when Sgt. Pepper was released, I was still in high school. That fall was my senior year. Of course I bought the album within days after it hit the stores. I remember that I thought it was fantastic, but was a little disappointed that it did not include Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. During this time period everyone had transistor radios and listened to Top 40 AM radio. The local stations only played Top 40 singles, not album tracks. However, Sgt. Pepper was so influential it made the Top 40 list and any song from the album could be heard on the radio. I had an excellent art teacher during this era. Later that year he devoted an entire class to Sgt. Pepper. The first half of the class we listened to it in its entirety. The second half we discussed the lyrics and the artwork. When I graduated, I used a quote from Within You, Without You next to my photo in the school’s yearbook. “Those who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion, never glimpse the truth.” It is still one of my favorite Beatles; songs, along with the amazingly atmospheric A Day In The Life.

  3. Gary L. Anderson (verified owner)

    I grew up in rural Maine. My father (a widower – my mother died when I was 5) and 3 of my five brothers (the two oldest out on their own, one in the Air Force who allegedly saw the Beatles in the Cavern Club when stationed in England!) resided in a small house where AM radio was the primary means for listening to music. When the Beatles first broke in 1964, me and my three at home brothers all went nuts over them – we bought the records, bubblegum cards, and pantomimed their songs as a foursome (I was always Paul). My dad was a country and western fan. He was not keen on the Beatles and when he was home their music was seldom played to avoid him yelling to “turn that crap off”. If I hadn’t had the mumps when they made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan, we might not have seen their debut in America – but being sick gave me the right to pick what we watched that night on TV (my dad would have preferred Gunsmoke!). When Sgt. Pepper’s came out my brothers and I had to wait a few weeks to get a copy until we could go to a city record store as it was not available in our local hardware store (which fortunately did sell 45s). We loved the gatefold sleeve, the inserts, and the lyrics on the cover. And of course, whenever our father wasn’t around, we played the hell out of it. One day he came home earlier than expected and “When I’m Sixty-Four” was playing. He actually inquired what the song was and was surprised when told it was the Beatles. Later if I was playing records he would ask to hear it again. This was the only time he expressed any interest in the Beatles or any pop/rock song for that matter with the exception of one other: “Dandy” by Herman’s Hermits. For some reason, those two songs struck his fancy and gave him and I the only pop/rock connection we had. I’ll be 64 next year and will play that song with gusto and imagine my now deceased dad joining in.

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