Making History in Music
While our blog is usually fashion driven be it runway fashion or fashionable foods today we're going to the world of music. On June 1st, 1967, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and conceivably changed the course of music. Jon Pareles spoke to this iconic album in the NY Times and said "Sgt. Pepper's is a relic of a vanished era, it speaks of an irretrievable past when time moved differently, craftsmanship involved bygone tools and art was experienced more rarely and with fewer distractions". ''It was a time of prosperity, naive optimism and giddy discovery''.
During the first couple of months of 1967, The Beatles risked having their status of 'The Biggest Music Group In The World’ taken away. After three years of hectic tour schedules and recording, they were exhausted and the band announced they were no longer going to perform live because of the physical dangers that accompanied touring when John Lennon made comments on Christianity. The religious passion in the United States was on fire. They played to sell out audiences but the crowds were so loud nobody, including the band could hear the music and by the time they played in San Francisco in August, 1966, they played to a half empty stadium. When they came back together in November 1966, they wanted to make the next album as perfect as they could. The Fab Four, producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick went into the studio, harnessing the primitive technology of that time. They packed wild ideas onto four-track tape and came up with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band, proving anything could be done in a studio. When it was released to the public, it confirmed The Beatles were alive and well and that they were still at the forefront of pop music innovation.
The album cover is universally recognized and shows several dozen people ranging from actresses, writers, poets, historical figures and singers to guru's, illustrators and psychiatrists. It was created by husband and wife Peter Blake and Jann Haworth who won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover in 1967.
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