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Sgt. Pepper Turns 50 This Year! Learn More with our New Series

2017 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Learn what led The Beatles to create this classic, and what happened afterwards with our new series by Paul Gongola, our resident Beatles’ expert. Further your classic rock appreciation with Queen: A Night at the Opera. All classes will be held at the main Harper campus this fall. Register today!

SERIES: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND: Enrolling in this series enrolls you in LMU0164 – The Road to Sgt. Pepper, LMU0165 – Sgt.’s Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50 and, LMU0166 – The Beatles and Post-Pepper at a discounted rate. Join Paul Gongola for all three amazing classes analyzing an important cultural moment. Fridays, 11/3-12/1, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Harper Main Campus, $59

photo by Andy MacLarty

THE ROAD TO SGT. PEPPER: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is often heralded as a landmark recording in the history of Rock and Roll. The Beatles were in their prime in 1967 and recording technology had caught up with their ideas as they led a revolution in British and American culture. But Sgt. Pepper did not spring from a vacuum. It was really the next logical step after Revolver and a couple of singles. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Zappa’s Freak Out! also contributed to the new atmosphere. Paul Gongola will analyze the period when the Beatles quit touring and then…  Friday, 11/3, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Harper Main Campus, $19

SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND AT 50: This year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of some of rock’s most celebrated recordings. On everyone’s list is the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Recently announced is that the Beatles will release 50th-anniversary editions in various formats including a six-CD set with promotional films and a book. All of this is sure to fuel debate: stereo v. mono, masterpiece or overrated (or overplayed), John or Paul, and more. We’ve tapped our resident Beatles expert Paul Gongola to discuss the significance of Sgt. Pepper for our music and culture and to unpack this landmark recording. Fridays, 11/10-17, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Harper Main Campus, $35

THE BEATLES POST-PEPPER: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was influential from the day of its release on June 1, 1967. McCartney recalls that three days after its release, Jimi Hendrix started off his concert with Sgt. Pepper while Paul and George were in the audience! The album has been called a “masterpiece” and a “low water mark.” Our own Paul Gongola will examine the aftermath of Sgt. Pepper and look at where The Beatles went next as we conclude our look at 50 years ago today and continue on to our Magical Mystery Tour. Friday, 12/1, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Harper Main Campus, $19


 

QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Recorded in 1975, the Queen album A Night at the Opera gave us several diverse styles including ballads, music hall songs, and hard rock with progressive rock influences. While this diversity is important across the whole album, the collection is most noted for including Bohemian Rhapsody, which became a mega-hit and an FM-radio staple despite being twice the average length of a single in the 1970s. Paul Gongola, musician and former Tower Records manager, will look at Queen and A Night at the Opera, explaining its significance more than 40 years after it was released. LMU 0168-001, Friday, 10/20, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Harper Main Campus, $19

Register online or call 847.925.6300.


 

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