Meet the Iconic Figures on the Cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band




June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album considered revolutionary in every respect. Everything from the music itself, down to the album’s cover design, broke new ground. To commemorate the upcoming anniversary, the BBC has started to release a series of videos introducing you to the 60+ figures who appeared in the cutout cardboard collage that graced the album’s iconic cover. (See a mapping of the figures here.)

Some of the figures are enduring legends–Carl Jung, Marilyn Monroe and James Joyce. Others (e.g., Tommy Handley, Bobby Breen and Tom Mix) have faded into obscurity.


Up top, watch the video featuring Bob Dylan. No stranger, right? Down below, see the video on Aubrey Beardsley, the English artist who created striking illustrations for works by Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde, both also featured in the collage.

At the bottom, see a clip on pioneering electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. The BBC will be adding yet more videos here.

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How The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Changed Album Cover Design Forever

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