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Friday, June 1, 2007

Sgt Peppers 40 Years Old Today

It was 40 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play! Amazingly it has been 40 years since the Beatles released Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. While not blues in any way, it is nonetheless one of the most important albums released during the rock era. Although many Beatlemaniacs, might argue that the British release of Revolver is the best, and a few might pick Abby Road, or the White Album. I think Sgt. Pepper for what it represents of the fashion, music, recreational drug use and the early hopefulness of the mid 60s is what makes this album such an historical beacon. I also feel that Pepper helped open up popular music, and popular taste into many other areas of music. It also made other musicians try to duplicate the psychedelic sounds. With the blues Muddy did Electric Mud, and Howling Wolf also dabbled in it. Hendrix probably was the best to take the blues and cross it with psychedelic music. So happy birthday to Sgt Pepper!

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