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PBS to celebrate Beatles “Sgt. Pepper”

American pubcaster PBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a documentary from director Francis Hanly. Produced by Huge Films and Apple Corps ...
May 5, 2017

American pubcaster PBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a documentary from director Francis Hanly.

Produced by Huge Films and Apple Corps Ltd., Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution will provide an intimate look at the creation of the eighth studio album by the seminal English rock group and its on-going influence.

Hosted by award-winning British composer and music historian Howard Goodall, the doc will feature rarely-seen archive footage and audio – including studio session recordings, as well as isolated instrumental and vocal tracks – while also exploring the back-story of the album’s major songs.

Jonathan Clyde and Martin Smith serve as producers on the film.

Originally released on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band spent 27 weeks at the top of the album charts in the UK and 15 weeks at number one in the U.S. The record would go on to win four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and currently ranks No. 1 atop Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution premieres June 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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