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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today… Sgt Pepper and Beyond

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As The Beatles end their gruelling tour schedule in August 1966 they return to the studio to record the landmark ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album.
As one of the biggest selling records of all time, described by Rolling Stone magazine simply as “The most important rock & roll album ever made…”, ‘Sgt Pepper’ (released in June 1967) marked a pivotal moment in the 1960s, cementing the advent of Psychedelia and the Summer of Love.
This documentary journies through various solo projects to the release of Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, touching on flower power, John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono, LSD, meditation, Jimi Hendrix, the death of Brian Epstein, Abbey Road Studios and the Magical Mystery Tour.
Among the interviewees featured in the film are Hunter Davies (the band’s official biographer), Pete Best (the band’s original drummer), music manager Simon Napier-Bell and author Philip Norman, who has written biographies of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and of Paul McCartney among others.


Type of film
Running Time
114 mins
Alan G. Parker
Reynold D'Silva, Alexa Morris
Executive Producer
Tim Grohne
Ian Farr
Director of Photography
Steve Kendrick
Andre Barreau, Evan Jolly

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Last updated 13th February 2018

Production Company

A Geezer & A Blonde Productions London (UK) production


Primal Screen
Tim Grohne
32 Woodfield Road
W9 2BE
+44 (0)203 371 9469