(K. Brent Tomer),
AS JUNE nears, baby boomers—and not only boomers—are commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of one of the biggest events in popular music history. The 60s were a febrile decade that began with “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” and ended with “Led Zeppelin II”. But critic after critic has ranked one album one of the most important, if not the best, of all time: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Before, the 1960s were Kennedy, and after, they were Woodstock. John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songwriting reached new imaginative heights. It wasn’t George Harrison’s most productive album, but fans of his Indian work still admire “Within You, Without You”. Ringo Starr even pitched in with his most beloved ever vocal on “With A Little Help From My Friends”.
So as the memories roll round—Liverpool is planning weeks of celebrations—the visual iconography of the album will be everywhere, prompting a question that can’t be…Continue reading