Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution

December 1 at 11pm on ThinkTV14

December 3 at 10:30pm on ThinkTV16

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.