Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. In the history of popular music, there is "Before Sgt. Pepper" and "After Sgt. Pepper". Rolling Stone described it as "THE MOST IMPORTANT ROCK & ROLL ALBUM EVER MADE, AN UNSURPASSED ADVENTURE IN CONCEPT, SOUND, SONGWRITING, COVER ART AND STUDIO TECHNOLOGY BY THE GREATEST ROCK & ROLL GROUP OF ALL TIME."

In Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper, composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Using rare and unreleased recordings, Scott walks the audience through the construction of songs from take one to the final version. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at the Beatles' innovation in the studio, and have a newfound appreciation for the writing of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison and even the drumming of Ringo Starr!

Some of the highlights of the lecture include the following:

  • Listening to the isolated tracks from classic songs, such as "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".
  • Hearing the beautiful string arrangement for "She's Leaving Home" -- the one that George Martin didn't write -- as well as Lennon and McCartney's unadorned harmonies.
  • Learning about the experimental compositional and studio techniques used to create the groundbreaking "A Day In the Life."
All ages but there is a drug reference
(LSD = Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
Running Time
120 min including intermission
Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:30 pm
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