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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Brian Southall



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Little Brown
28 March 2017
Music; Rock & Pop music; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Music recording & reproduction
Jun 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' most famous album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This landmark publication, written by a record company insider, is a must-have for all Beatles fans.

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of what many think is the greatest Beatles album. This book is a new way of telling the story of the album and is split into two distinct halves: the "A-side" is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how subsequently it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

The "B-side" looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests, from the Six-day War to the death of Che Guevara, from the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist - and much more. Fascinating photographs and text build up a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released.

This book recaptures all the excitement surrounding the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - often lauded as the most popular Beatles album - while also assessing the impact it had on the world at the time and subsequently. The book celebrates a time when a pop album release was a hugely significant event in a year of global turmoil, when the world changed in ways that still affect us today. Those who were there will reminisce fondly and those who weren't will discover what happened in the year a rock 'n' roll album changed the world ... forever.
By:   Brian Southall
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 6mm,  Width: 3mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   960g
ISBN:   9780733637957
ISBN 10:   0733637957
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   28 March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Brian Southall began writing about music in the 1960s on a local newspaper before graduating to the likes of Melody Maker and Disc. From there he pursued a 30-year career in the record business with A&M, Tamla Motown, EMI (where he was Head of Press and dealt with the Beatles' solo projects) and Warner Music. His first book - the official history of Abbey Road Studios - was published in 1982 and he also wrote Northern Songs - the story of the Beatles' music publishing empire, Beatles Memorabilia: The Julian Lennon Collection; Jimi Hendrix: Made In England, The Rise and Fall of EMI Records, Sex Pistols: 90 Days at EMI and more.

Reviews for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

This profusely illustrated and beautifully presented book looks at the people who created this pivotal work of rock music, as well as the historical background that made it possible and the impact the work had. It is a wonderful, nostalgic journey for Beatles fans and lovers of the colourful era that produced the album. - Daily Telegraph What else can be said? A splendid time is guarantee for all. - bside Magazine Lavishly illustrated and handsomely bound, it's packed with historical detail and rock-geek trivia. - The Weekly Review (City, Greater Geeolong, Stonnington, South East, Ivanhoe and Valley, Bayside, Eastern), Melbourne Times Weekly, Moonww Valley Weekly, This handsome package, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' epochal 1967 album Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is no el cheapo cash-in. Lavishly illustrated with more than 150 photographs in colour and black-and-white, with text by music journalist, author and former record company executive Brian Southall (who worked at EMI on various ex-Beatles' solo projects), the book is apportioned in six sections. Biographies of each band member, manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin precede a two-part treatise on the album itself: like the record, split into A and B sides. What follows are essays on the cover art, how the album was received, and a retrospective

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