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Description - Sgt. Pepper and the "Beatles" by Olivier Julien

The first concept album in the history of popular music, the soundtrack of the Summer of Love or 'Hippy Symphony No. 1': Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is first and foremost the album that gave rise to 'hopes of progress in pop music' (The Times, 29 May 1967). Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles commemorates the fortieth anniversary of this masterpiece of British psychedelia by addressing issues that will help put the record in perspective. These issues include: reception by rock critics and musicians, the cover, lyrics, songwriting, formal unity, the influence of non-European music and art music, connections with psychedelia and, more generally, the sociocultural context of the 1960s, production, sound engineering and musicological significance. The contributors are world renowned for their work on the Beatles: they examine Sgt. Pepper from the angle of disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, history, sociology, literature, social psychology and cultural theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754667087
ISBN-10: 0754667081
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Olivier Julien

Olivier Julien teaches the history and musicology of popular music at the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), France. Contributors: Olivier Julien, Sheila Whiteley, Terence O'Grady, Thomas MacFarlane, Michael Hannan, David Reck, Naphtali Wagner, Ian Inglis, Russell Reising, Jim LeBlanc, John Kimsey, Allan Moore.

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