"The story began in Harold Macmillan’s “never had it so good” ’50s Britain. It should be fiction: four teenagers with no more than eight O’Levels between them, running and biking and busing and busking all over Liverpool in search of new chords and old guitars and half-decent drum kit and any gig at all.
They were determined to amount to something (in George’s words “we just had this amazing inner feeling of: ‘We’re going to do it’. I don’t know why… we were just cocky”) and make a record (in Ringo’s words "you’d kill for that bit of plastic and make some money and have a laugh and shout.") That would do to be going on with.
Six years later, they were the four most famous and musical men on earth, the best dressed and on a good day the most captivating people anyone can remember. The narrative that began where Paul met John and clicked at a garden fete in leafy Liverpool, and ended in high dudgeon in high-end London, is so far fetched that it needs the power of a song punctuating every page to remind you with a joyous jolt that it was all true.
We didn’t dream it... though it came out of John’s dream of the “man on a flaming pie” who said “You are Beatles with an ‘A’”. It did all happen. The whole wonderful thing did happen, a long time ago, on the Mersey, on the Elbe, by the Thames and the Hudson River.
Amazing and marvellous and, nearly [fifty] years on, forever young."
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Strawberry Fields Forever. Take 26. #SgtPepper
The Beatles are back at Chiswick House and Gardens
standard.co.uk Chiswick House is celebrating its role in the release of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago by recreating the flower bed that forms part of the album cover. Its gardens were a location for music films shot by the band before the record went on sale on June 1, 1967.
"In honor of the anniversary, and coinciding with a new deluxe reissue of Sgt. Pepper, we present a series of in-depth pieces – one for each of the album's tracks, excluding the brief "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" reprise on Side Two – that explore the background of this revolutionary and beloved LP"
rollingstone.com In the first installment of our song-by-song look at the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper,' read how Paul McCartney's solo travels inspired the title track.
NPR Music Premiere The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, from the Anniversary Edition of Sgt Pepper.
“What you hear on this first attempt is a version lacking the vocals from that famous chorus; John is singing lead and Paul McCartney is at a Lowrey organ, combining numerous presets, including harpsichord, vibraharp and music box, to make that infamous opening sound.”
“You hear, in the bits of backgrounded conversation, a true collaboration, a bit of magic unfolding. It's thrilling to hear.”
Order your copy here: https://thebeatles.lnk.to/sgtpepperanniversary
npr.org On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear the first take The Beatles recorded of a legendary song.
Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane UK single cover.
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