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Monday, April 02, 2012
Noel Gallagher Featured on Revised ‘Sgt. Peppers’ Artwork
Legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake has recreated his iconic sleeve for The Beatles‘ 1967 landmark album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Out go original stars of the artwork such as Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce and Marlon Brando, with new icons including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Damien Hirst and David Hockney on the revised version.
“It’s a cross I bear, it’s an albatross I have to deal with,” Blake has said of the famous design. “What vaguely depresses me still is that I’m known pretty much as ‘Peter Blake – who did the cover of Sgt Pepper’ when I’ve done so much else. Every so often I manage to forget it but it comes back all the time.”
The Beatles themselves are also missing from the new artwork, with Sir Peter explaining he doesn’t own their copyright: “Part of everything that went wrong at the time was that my agent signed away any kind of royalties and the copyright so we had to ask Apple Corps – The Beatles’ management – for permission and they didn’t want it to be associated with advertising.”
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