Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Essay

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On June 1st, 1967, The Beatles released Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that would not have been created without the influence of psychedelic drugs. These psychedelic drugs created the energy of the album because of the relationship LSD brought to The Beatles. Before November of 1966, the band had been divided in half with the people who took LSD (George Harrison and John Lennon) and the ones who did not (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr). In November of 1966, Paul McCartney agreed to try LSD. This agreement closed the gap between the band. The mended division between the band led to a collective consciousness between the band members and filled McCartney with a new sense of possibility, both of which were very important the…show more content…
The record follows the idea of The Beatles being Sergeant Pepper’s band, as some sort of alter ego, and has a beginning, middle, and end. This allowed the band to present themselves as something new and fresh by adopting the persona of a fake group (Gould 385). The concept album model set by The Beatles has been used over the past four decades by many other groups. This was not the only way that the album was revolutionary, though, the diverse compositions that allowed the album to be a cross between the uniformed brass bands of Lancashire and the ornately named acid-rock groups of California caused a massive explosion of aesthetics (Gould 418). The contrast of the instruments and compositions used from song-to-song in the album, namely the soft ambience of “imported paisley carpets and a haze of smoldering incense” in George Harrison’s Indian-influenced song, “Within You Without You” vs the 40-piece orchestra in “A Day in the Life”, set the tone for many albums to come (Gould 387). The effect Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had on the music industry and the people of the 1960s was undeniably huge and it would not have been possible without the influence of psychedelic
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