KSPS to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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KSPS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beatles album with a new documentary, Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, a look back at the creation and ongoing influence of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released on June 1, 1967. Hailed as a landmark achievement by critics worldwide, the album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and ranks #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as “the most important rock & roll album ever made.” This new documentary, from Huge Films and directed by Francis Hanly, conjures up the psychedelic, phantasmagorical world of Sgt. Pepper, provides context for the culture of the day, and shows how the album, which featured classic songs including “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “She’s Leaving Home” and “A Day in the Life,” became a driving force within that culture. Hosted by award-winning British composer, author, music historian and broadcaster Howard Goodall, Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution premieres Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00-9:00 pm PST on KSPS.

"Whatever music you like to listen to, if it was written after June 1st, 1967, then more likely than not it will have been influenced, one way or another, by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."

-Howard Goodall

When The Beatles made the decision to stop playing live in August 1966, most of the world’s press concluded that they were finished. But far from finished, the band suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that broke ground in countless ways. Released in June 1967, after almost a year of secrecy, the album was an immediate sensation.

Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution features material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road Studios, including recordings of studio chat between band members and isolated instrumental and vocal tracks. It reveals the nuts and bolts of how the album came together, and provides insights into the choices made by The Beatles and George Martin. With wit, clarity and accessibility, host Howard Goodall explores the back-story of some of the major songs, including the personal stories and biographical connections behind the music. In addition he explicates the revolutionary musical concepts of the album and demonstrates how they were achieved.

Anniversary Edition Packages As part of the global celebration of the 50th anniversary, the PBS broadcast coincides with The Beatles’ worldwide release of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ anniversary edition packages. Newly mixed, the album is expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including 34 previously unreleased recordings. These will be offered as thank you gifts for qualifying donations to KSPS:

  • Book + DVD + 4 CD Set ($1,200 donation or $100/month)
    • 144-page hardcover book
    • 1992 documentary, "The Making of Sgt. Pepper"
    • 4 discs of stereo album mixes, previously unreleased studio session recordings, and direct mono transfers
  • DVD + 2 CD Set ($252 donation or $21/month)
    • "Beatles: 1" DVD
    • 2-disc Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition 
  • CD ($96 donation or $8/month)
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition 

Please CLICK HERE to Make a Qualifying Donation.

(Thank you gifts will be shipped in June.)

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