>> Radio 2 60s Season: Sgt Pepper’s 40th Anniversary
>> Wikipedia: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
Surprisingly, there is no dedicated content on The Beatles’ (usually excellent) site to mark the occasion, but Radio 2 have invited original Sgt Pepper studio engineer Geoff Emerick to go back into the studio with some of today’s biggest artists to re-record the tracks and demonstrate the techniques used to record the album. You can hear the results in a Radio 2 documentary on Saturday from 2000.
We’ll have video footage of exclusive performances from bands including Kaiser Chiefs, Magic Numbers, Stereophonics, Bryan Adams, The Fray and Razorlight online from 2100 on Saturday.
Digital TV viewers will also be able to watch these performances by pressing red from any BBC TV or Radio channel from 2100 on Saturday 2 June until Saturday 9 June.
>> Oxford DNB: The Summer of Love
Meanwhile to mark the anniversary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography have created a range of free ‘Summer of Love’ content including an interactive Sgt Pepper album sleeve. Click on 40 of the historical figures featured on the album’s iconic sleeve, to be taken straight through to the full biography for that person.
STOP PRESS: OK, so last Thursday there wasn’t any dedicated Sgt Pepper content on The Beatles’ official site – That’s because it launched on Friday on the anniversary!
>> You can find the official site for the 40th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band here.