Sunday, March 28

Sgt. Peppers Album Cover OVERSIGHT?

James Joyce appears on the cover of the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album but not officially recognized by The Beatles. On the evening of Thursday, March 30, 1967, The Beatles assembled at Chelsea Manor Studios in London for the photograph. The cover was designed by Peter Blake and includes a collage of people, many selected by The Beatles themselves. There has always been wonder as to who the people on the cover are. In June of 1987, The Beatles released the Sgt Pepper album CD (“it was 20 years ago today” anniversary edition). Along with the CD was a 28 page booklet. On page 2 of the booklet is a black and white drawing of the album cover and numbers denoting persons and items included on the cover. On page 3, under the title, “The crowd assembled…..” is a list of 87 persons and items. Why was James Joyce excluded from the ‘official list’ when his picture is recognizable on the cover? The Lennon Prophecy explores a mystical connection between James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, John Lennon and The Beatles. Joyce’s picture on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album only strengthens that association and it’s rather curious why he is not officially recognized by The Beatles. But apart from the Joyce-Lennon theory, Dublin born James Joyce, on the cover of the Sgt Pepper album, deserves recognition.

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