Rock N’ Roll Diary Extra: The “Sgt. Pepper’s” Album Cover
On this day in 1967, a British pop artist gathered [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] and others to shoot what would become the most iconic cover in the history of rock music, the unmistakable Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
As The Beatles worked hard on crafting the seminal concept album in late 1967, they enlisted the help of Dutch art group The Fool to create a painting for the Sgt. Pepper’s cover.
The group eventually returned with a swirly mosaic of red blobs that proved to be much more abstract than the band ever planned.
Thankfully, British art dealer Robert Fraser declared that it just wasn’t good enough for The Beatles.
Fraser brought in pop artist Peter Blake and his wife Jann to meet with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein on what to do for the finalized album cover. The brainstorming began with an idea from Paul McCartney in which the fictional “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” would play together in a park.
Eventually, it turned into The Beatles dressing up as the fictional band themselves, surrounded by an eclectic list of cultural icons that they personally selected. Some of their selections turned out to be too controversial to make the cover…