It was 50 Years Ago Today – a great new film on Sgt Pepper!

It was 50 Years Ago Today… Ltd
In conjunction with
A Geezer & A Blonde Productions Ltd presents:
It Was 50 Years Ago Today….
: The Beatles, Sgt Pepper & Beyond

A Film by Alan G Parker

On Thursday June 1st 1967 The Beatles released what can arguably be called the greatest album in the history of the world! ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It was the first album by a musical artist to be discussed in terms of art, it featured the most expensive sleeve design in record distribution history, the first gatefold sleeve ever, the first time the lyrics ever appeared on a record cover and a host of celebrities, both past and present, looking back at the listener.

It topped the charts all around the world within days of it’s release, went multi-platinum in a matter of hours, and stayed in the UK chart list for 27 consecutive weeks. Additionally it topped the US charts for a staggering 15 weeks. Time Out magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music”, while The New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art. It won 4 Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album Of The Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

On June 1st 2017 (ironically also a Thursday) a staggering 50 years after it’s original release A Geezer & A Blonde Productions Ltd are proud to present ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today… The Colour Of Dreams’ a new film from EMMY nominated Director Alan G Parker (Monty Python: Almost The Truth/Hello Quo!/KISS: You Wanted The Best/Who Killed Nancy) which traces the history of The Beatles from the end of their touring days in August 1966, through various solo projects to the release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’ on a journey that includes; The Summer Of Love, flower power, John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono, LSD, Meditation, Jimi Hendrix, the death of Brian Epstein, hippie happenings, Abbey Road Studios, a Magical Mystery Tour, the birth of Apple, Paul McCartney meeting Linda Eastman and the release of the biggest selling album in the history of recorded music.

‘Sgt Pepper’ is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album, that advanced the use of extended form in popular music while continuing the artistic maturation seen on The Beatles’ preceding releases. It has been described as one of the first art rock LPs, 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 along with Indian Classical music.

In 2003, the Library Of Congress placed Sgt. Pepper in the National Recording Registry, honouring the work as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. That same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 1 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As of 2011, it has sold more than 38 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums ever. Professor Kevin J. Dettmar, writing in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, described it as “the most important and influential rock n’ roll album ever recorded”
Assembled from hours of newly shot interviews including; Pete Best (Beatle), Freda Kelly (The Beatles Fan Club), Tony Bramwell (friend/Tour Manager), Hunter Davies (Official Biographer), Philip Norman (Biographer), Bill Harry (Merseybeat Editor), Ray Connolly (Sixties Music Writer), Steve Turner (Author of ‘Beatles 66’), The Bootleg Beatles (Andre & Neil), Tony Crane & Billy Kinsley (The Merseybeats), Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Andy Peebles (the last man to interview John Lennon), Barbara Connolly (Apple Secretary) and Julia Baird (John Lennon’s Sister).

Along side the best collection of archive footage and still photographs ever assembled on this subject and it’s era… The projects archivist is none other than, BAFTA nominated, Keith Badman (The Beatles Anthology/Queen: Days Of Our Lives).

“The Beatles aren’t a rock n’ roll band, they are a force of nature, and they’ve been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember! – I’ve wanted to make this film since I was 9 years old!!!” – Alan G Parker (Director)


The poster for the new film

The poster for the new film

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9 thoughts on “It was 50 Years Ago Today – a great new film on Sgt Pepper!”

  1. Denis Barrette says:

    Will this be released in theatres and subsequently home video?

  2. Steven McDaniel says:

    The Greatest Rock Album of All Time,Sgt.Pepper left a stain on the World to Absorb and to Enjoy.

  3. hugh schone says:

    The Beatles are my favorite band of all time and I believe the greatest band ever. After high school a couple of friends and I dropped LSD and stayed up all night listening to that music. It was amazing. I now am a professional artist and I can say that Sgt.Pepper and the Beatles have influence me in so many ways as a painter and artist.

  4. Patti Crichton says:

    Is THIS going to be available in the U.S.?? If so, will it be shown in theatres, TV, or only on DVD? I want to SEE this film!!!

  5. Alan G Parker says:

    Movie is released on June 1st 2017…. There will be a worldwide cinema screening…. DVD/Blu-Ray plus lots of extras will follow…. It is a worldwide release….

  6. Chris In Australia says:

    Cool.It’s great to see this towering achievement in music get recognised at it’s half century. I think I’ll play it tomorrow, cruising in my ’69 Buick.

  7. Nik Bukharin says:

    Sounds interesting. Will look out for it Alan. BTW do you know why the Beatles’ film Let it Be isn’t available on dvd?!

    1. Kev Dev says:

      George never liked ‘Let It Be’ movie + would always stand in way of it’s release. Subsequently his wife + family also wish film not to be released. Although it has good moments it’s generally poor viewing. Bootleg copies are available if you look hard enough

  8. Nik Bukharin says:

    Sorry. Richard…but the Let it Be question is for either of you Beatles experts! Best wishes Nik.

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