It was 50 years ago today [ 1 ]

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Dertig jaar geleden leerde ik Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band pas goed kennen. Dat kwam door de documentaire It was twenty years ago today die op 1 juni 1987 werd uitgezonden. Een vriend nam deze voor mij op en ik draaide de VHS-cassette net zo grijs als het vinyl. Meer nog dan Rubber Soul, zette Sgt. Pepper’s de kroon op de psychedelische evolutie. De Beatles schreven individueel nummers over bewustzijnsverruiming: Harrison met Within you without you, Lennon met Lucy in the sky with diamonds en Mc.Cartney met Fixing a hole. En Lennon en McCartney schreven samen het magnum opus A day in the life.

In It was twenty years ago today liep Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) langs alle tracks en verklaarde ons de inhoud. Ook George Harrison, George Martin, Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman en Derek Taylor werkten aan de documentaire mee. Inmiddels zijn ze allemaal overleden. Ik ben erg benieuwd naar de allernieuwste terugblik op It was fifty years ago today die afgelopen vrijdag in Engeland in première ging.

It was fifty years ago today trailer
On 1st June, 1967 The Beatles released what would become the world’s first concept album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “The most important rock & roll album ever made…” the album not only changed the course of music but went on to become one of the biggest selling records of all time. Featuring interviews with former employees, fellow musicians, family members and journalists, and supported by a vast array of original and exclusive never-seen-before footage, the film offers a fascinating insight into the swinging sixties and the twelve months surrounding the album’s release. Examining the band’s disillusionment with touring, their changing relationship with manager, Brian Epstein, and the advent of the Summer Of Love, this star-studded rockumentary explores the creation and recording of one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in pop history.
 
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Side One
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a Little Help from My Friends
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Getting Better
Fixing a Hole
She’s Leaving Home
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
 
Side Two
Within You Without You
When I’m Sixty-Four
Lovely Rita
Good Morning Good Morning
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day in the Life

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