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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.

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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. SERENE DOMINIC

    I was six in June of 1967 and the first time I saw the Sgt Pepper cover was in the window of a TV Repair shop, which was weird because they didn’t sell albums. Among the wires and radio tubes and rabbit ear antennas on display were three albums which in retrospect could represent the past, present and future of show business. There was comedian Pat Cooper’s album Our Hero, definitely the past. That cover was disturbing to me because hey, it was a grown man in a tuxedo, lying down in a cold cuts sandwich. Then there was the Monkees’ Headquarters which my sister had just bought which was the present, fun-loving, reassuring …Then there was Sgt. Pepper which was so much more disturbing than even the Pat Cooper album. There was so much to look at and so much of it creeped me out. There was that red legionnaire just behind Diana Dors. That stone bust of what looked like Lurch just above the Beatles’ name in flowers. A lot of scary looking bald men. And there was Laurel and Hardy, two were the most famous dead people I knew. Someone at some point told me it was a funeral for the old Beatles and it struck me as that the first time, probably because of the presence of Laurel and Hardy. When I first opened up the gatefold and they were all smiling, I was reassured that these new Beatles were the same ones from the Flip Your Wig game.
    As for hearing it, I remember the title track skipped on the “they’ve been going in and out of style part” so I had a skewered idea of what the song sounded like .I can’t remember actually hearing the whole album until 1969 when Abbey Road came out and my sister borrowed it from a friend to scour for more Paul is Dead clues .I do remember hearing “A Day in the Life” on the radio and WOR-FM letting that last chord play through to the last dying note. No worries about dead air back then.

  2. SERENE DOMINIC

    I was 6 years-old the first time I saw the Sgt. Pepper cover, in the window of a TV repair shop, which was weird because they didn’t sell albums. Among the wires and radio tubes and rabbit ear antennas on display were three albums which in retrospect could represent the past, present and future of show business. There was comedian Pat Cooper’s album Our Hero, definitely the past. That cover was disturbing to me because hey, it was a grown man in a tuxedo, lying down in a cold cuts sandwich. Then there was the Monkees’ Headquarters which my sister had just bought which was the present, fun-loving, reassuring …Then there was Sgt. Pepper which was so much more disturbing than even the Pat Cooper album. There was so much to look at and so much of it creeped me out. There was that red legionnaire just behind Diana Dors. That stone bust of what looked like Lurch just above the Beatles’ name in flowers. A lot of scary looking bald men. And there was Laurel and Hardy, two were the most famous dead people I knew. Someone at some point told me it was a funeral for the old Beatles and it struck me as that the first time, probably because of the presence of Laurel and Hardy. When I first saw the sleeve opened up I and they were all smiling, I was reassured that these new Beatles were the same ones from the Flip Your Wig game.
    Longversion:
    I was only six and even to me it seemed like an eternity between Revolver and Sgt Pepper. That fall when there was no Beatles album at Christmas, my sister sat me down, pulled out the Monkees first album and compared their happy faces to the picture to the Beatles on the back of Revolver, who looked like they had five o clock shadow. She said essentially, the dream was over, the Monkees were going to be the greatest band now that the Beatles stopped making records and besides, the Monkees were cuter. The Beatles had been a constant in my life since I was four. I kept hoping the fact that she was 6 years older than me didn’t mean she was right. But I liked the Monkees enough so I accepted the idea that the Beatles weren’t going to be around anymore, as you would when you are 6.

    I was six in June of 1967 and the first time I saw the Sgt Pepper cover was in the window of a TV Repair shop, which was weird because they didn’t sell albums. Among the wires and radio tubes and rabbit ear antennas on display were three albums which in retrospect could represent the past, present and future of show business. There was comedian Pat Cooper’s album Our Hero, definitely the past. That cover was disturbing to me because hey, it was a grown man in a tuxedo, lying down in a cold cuts sandwich. Then there was the Monkees’ Headquarters which my sister had just bought which was the present, fun-loving, reassuring …Then there was Sgt. Pepper which was so much more disturbing than even the Pat Cooper album. There was so much to look at and so much of it creeped me out. There was that red legionnaire just behind Diana Dors. That stone bust of what looked like Lurch just above the Beatles’ name in flowers. A lot of scary looking bald men. And there was Laurel and Hardy, two were the most famous dead people I knew. Someone at some point told me it was a funeral for the old Beatles and it struck me as that the first time, probably because of the presence of Laurel and Hardy. When I first opened up the gatefold and they were all smiling, I was reassured that these new Beatles were the same ones from the Flip Your Wig game.
    As for hearing it, I remember the title track skipped on the “they’ve been going in and out of style part” so I had a skewered idea of what the song sounded like .I can’t remember actually hearing the whole album until 1969 when Abbey Road came out and my sister borrowed it from a friend to scour for more Paul is Dead clues .I do remember hearing “A Day in the Life” on the radio and WOR-FM letting that last chord play through to the last dying note. No worries about dead air back then.

  3. Terry Thompson

    I remember i was 7 years old when Sgt. Pepper came out. I was a big beatle fan since i had seen them in 1964
    on the Ed Sullivan show. I had just gotten the Penny Lane/ Strawberry Fields single two months previously. It was
    50 cents with a picture sleeve and i remember being shocked with their recent addition of facial hair. I thought, in
    my 7 year old mind, they were wearing fake mustaches, sort of like a costume. My mom and dad were tight with their money back
    in the 1960’s ,so back then it was impossible for me to own every Beatle single and album. In June of 1967, My aunt was
    going to my local department store in Michigan and asked me if i wanted to go with her. I said yes. When i went to the store,
    i immediately went right to the records instead of the toys. I was a weird 7 old. Anyway, I went to the Beatles section
    and seen it for the first time and was very impressed with the cover.. I asked my Aunt if she could buy it for me and she said of course. If my Mom would have been with me that day, it
    would have been a “no”. I got it home and within a week, i had already taken the the scissors to the cut out sheet.
    I remember being not too fond of “She’s leaving home” and “within you, without you” for some reason and always skipped those songs. I found out years later, that it was the mono album i owned. I noticed some of my friends had the yellow strip on
    the top that said Stereo. I had a picture taken in the summer of ’67 outside with the neighbor kids and had the album with
    me in the picture. I would have submitted it, but couldn’t find it. Those are my memories.

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