'Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution' Coming June 3

News Release Date: 
May 18, 2017

For Immediate Release
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution’ Premieres on NET

Lincoln, Neb. (May 18, 2017) – The new documentary “Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking 1967 Beatles album and airs on NET at 8:30 p.m. CT, on Saturday, June 3.

Ranked No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” includes the classic songs “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “She’s Leaving Home” and “A Day in the Life.”  Described as the most important rock ‘n’ roll album ever made, it created an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, cover art and studio technology.

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, recording and creating an art album. 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 how the album came together and provides insights into the choices made by The Beatles and legendary record producer George Martin.

Hosted by award-winning British composer, author, music historian and broadcaster Howard Goodall, the one-hour film explores the back story of the major songs, including the personal stories and biographical connections behind the music. Conjuring up the psychedelic, phantasmagorical world of Sgt. Pepper, it explicates the album’s revolutionary instrumentation, lyric fantasies and profuse packaging.

Sgt. Pepper is regarded as an early concept album bridging a cultural divide between popular music and legitimate art, aiding the development of progressive rock and credited with marking the beginning of the album era.  An important work of British psychedelia, the album incorporates a range of stylistic influences including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde and Western and Indian classical music.

The PBS film will repeat at 8:30 p.m. CT, Friday, June 9, on NET.

The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes television, radio and online services.  For more information about NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR stations, visit netNebraska.org.

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Media Contact:  Mary Jane Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org.

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