The Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their ground-breaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band this June. A new documentary is set to be released to mark the occasion.
The film titled, ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today! – The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond’, was directed by Alan G Parker and will hit UK cinemas on 3 May 2017, followed by a DVD release on 3 July. An Irish release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we’d imagine it would surely tie-in with the anniversary.
The doc will examine the legacy of the stand out concept album, the band’s disillusionment with touring and the controversies that defined the 60s generation – from drugs to blasphemy. Check out the trailer below.
Beatles fans will be delighted that the big anniversary is being marked in a few different ways, the band will also also releasing several reissue packages of the album. A new stereo mix of the album will be available as a single CD and as part of every other package from May 26th.
The band’s home city of Liverpool is also holding a week long big bash for its most famous sons this summer.
The festival is split into two halves, one for each side of the LP. The first event, a Mark Morris Dance Group staging, will take place from May 25-27, with the rest of the side A events running from June 1-5.
Side B will follow from June 8-11, with the final event – based on the closing track ‘A Day in the Life’ – bringing celebrations to an end on June 16.
For more info on the new documentary check out the website, WWW.50YEARSAGO.COM