Did the Impact of the Beatles Sgt Pepper Album Help Redefine Popular Music as a Culturally Significant Art Form?

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"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is first and foremost the album that gave rise to 'hopes of progress in pop music" (The Times, 29 May 1967)

Did the impact of the Beatles Sgt Pepper album help redefine popular music as a culturally significant art form?

Summary of Assignment
Choose an artist from the period 1900-1970 and to examine their relationship to the cultural and social framework of their era with reference to an important or influential album.

Introduction
In this essay I will be critically analysing and evaluating ‘The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers album in relation to their associated genre, their lyrics, their musical creativity, their social and political context, their overall impact on music and popular culture and
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The contribution of George Martin (producer of Sgt Pepper) also played a major part in the success of Sgt Pepper, his knowledge of classical music training is also apparent throughout the album.
This unique way of recording created a culturally significant album. They used innovative ideas in the studio some of which were being used for the first time in history on such a commercial level thus creating a genre very much their own. Using all the techniques in song writing and technology they have made a lasting impact on popular music. Their ideas have helped redefine pop music as a culturally significant art-form. Sgt. Pepper has influenced so many other artists to explore different styles and techniques in song writing and recording, it has opened new doors in to worldwide culture; bringing together a collective of worldwide music into a single album which has lead the way in defining popular music in our society.
Jonathan Gould describes it as “a rich, sustained, and overflowing work of collaborative genius whose bold ambition and startling originality dramatically enlarged the possibilities and raised the expectations of what the experience of listening to popular music on record could be. (2008. Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America. p.418).
What made Sgt. Pepper so effective was its uniqueness which was driven by a
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