Sgt Pepper revisited for 2012

Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to create a new artwork.

Peter Blake

When it first appeared in 1967, the album cover of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band featured the style icons of the day, including Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando and Karl Marx.

The list of today's heroes, collated by Sir Peter Blake, the original designer, reveals a slightly more sedate bunch. The chefs Delia Smith and Mark Hix, the author JK Rowling and the designer Robin Day were among those on a recreation chosen to celebrate Sir Peter's 80th birthday.

He said: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends. I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but couldn't fit everyone in. That shows how strong British culture is.

"The Sgt Pepper album cover was made by cutting pieces of cardboard and hand–colouring them. This one is computer generated. I often thought that if I did it again it would be very quick on the computer but it was very laborious."

Read the full article at The Telegraph here.


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