I think everyone knows by now that this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles seminal Sgt Pepper album, and as such there’s no doubt going to be lots of activity to mark the occasion.
Split into two distinct sections, the A side and the B side, this book tries to take a slightly different approach to telling the story of the album, which must rank as one of the most influential releases of all time, not just in terms of its music but its impact on the world in general.
The A side looks at The Beatles themselves, the recording process and the music on the album, together with how it was received, both at the time and subsequently. Meanwhile, the B side looks at what was happening in the world around the time of the recording and release of the album. As such, it touches, for example, on the Summer Of Love, the Six Day War and the death of Che Guevara among many other events of global significance, which all give an interesting context to the background against which the album was recorded.
This is a very nicely put together hardback book, well researched and with lots of fascinating photographs. I suppose it could be described as a coffee table book – it’s one you can read from cover to cover, or it’s easy to just dip in and out of as the mood takes you. At least it tries to do something a bit different rather than just retelling the same old details yet again, something which no doubt numerous newspaper and magazine articles will be doing over the next few months.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Books on The Beatles or on rock history in general.
One thing you’ve learned
Maybe this book doesn’t add greatly to what we already know about the album, but then again maybe there’s simply not that much left to add to this particular story!