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Record Sleeve - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • Object:

    Record Sleeve

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (designer)
    Haworth, Jann, born 1942 (designer)
    Cooper, Michael, born 1941 - died 1973 (photographer)
    EMI Records - The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (publisher)
    Parlophone (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph on paper and card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Kevin Edge

  • Museum number:

    E.1803-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released by EMI Records in 1967, is arguably the most famous album sleeve of all time. The image on the album cover is composed of a collage of celebrities. There are 88 figures, including the band members themselves. Pop artist Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth conceived and constructed the set, including all the life-sized cut-outs of historical figures. The set was photographed, with the Beatles standing in the centre, by Michael Cooper. Copyright was a problem as Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, had to locate each person in order to get permission to use their image in this context.

Physical description

Gatefold cover sleeve for the long-playing record 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' recorded by The Beatles for EMI Records, The Gramophone Co. Ltd. / Parlophone.
The image on the album sleeve is composed of a collage of celebrities and the band members of the Beatles: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (designer)
Haworth, Jann, born 1942 (designer)
Cooper, Michael, born 1941 - died 1973 (photographer)
EMI Records - The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (publisher)
Parlophone (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph on paper and card

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with title, credits, lyrics etc. and 'Cover by M C Productions and The Apple / Staged by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth Photographed by Michael Cooper Wax figures by Madame Tussauds'.

Dimensions

Height: 31.4 cm, Width: 31.4 cm

Object history note

This version of the sleeve can be distinguished from the 1967 version by the presence of a barcode, and the absence of two glued-down flaps along the inside of the gatefold and of the original printers' name 'Garrod and Lofthouse Ltd.'.

Descriptive line

Gatefold cover sleeve for the long-playing record 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' recorded by The Beatles. Cover design by M C Productions and The Apple, staged by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. Published by EMI Records, The Gramophone Co. Ltd. / Parlophone, Great Britain. 1988 reprint of the original 1967 design.

Production Note

This is a 1988 reprint of the original 1967 design.
For an original 1967 version of this sleeve see E.577-1985.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Starr, Ringo; Lennon, John; McCartney, Paul; Harrison, George; The Beatles; Rodia, Simon; Peel, Robert (Sir, Second Baronet); Huxley, Aldous; Curtis, Tony; Berman, Wallace; Handley, Tommy; Paramahansa Yogananda; Mahavatar Babaji; Lindner, Richard; Marx, Karl; Wells, H.G.; Sutcliffe, Stuart; Livingstone, David (Dr); Shaw, George Bernard; Adams, Julia; Miller, Max; Ball, Lucille; Mix, Tom; Power, Tyrone; Bell, Larry; Crane, Stephen; Einstein, Albert; Westermann, Horace Clifford; Lahiri Mahasaya; Lewis Carroll; Breen, Bobby; Dors, Diana; Fields, William Claude (W.C.); Jung, Carl Gustav; Southern, Terry; Thomas, Dylan; Brando, Marlon; Wilde, Oscar; Crowley, Aleister; Poe, Edgar Allen; Lawrence, Thomas Edward (Lieutenant Colonel); Temple, Shirley; Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent; Hope, Bob; Monroe, Marilyn; Astaire, Fred; Laurel, Stan; Hardy, Oliver; Dietrich, Marlene; West, Mae; Dion; Hall, Huntz; Dylan, Bob; Liston, Sonny; Merkin, Richard; Stubbins, Albert; Bonn, Issy; Weissmuller, Johnny; Burroughs, William, Seward; Stockhausen, Karlheinz; Barnes, Binnie; Music; Dolls; Uniforms; Musicians; Trombone; Oboe; Trumpet; Piccolo; Drums (membranophones); Marijuana; Hyacinth

Categories

Labels & packaging; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection code

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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