It was 1967, the Summer of Love, and the Beatles were making cultural revolution. Three years earlier, they were the Fab Four rocking the USA on the Ed Sullivan Show. Three years later, they would be finished, disbanded.
But on June 2, 1967 -- forty years ago next week -- they released the first "concept album" in rock and roll history, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. On the cover, the Beatles in day-glo faux military regalia, standing graveside with the multitude of cut-outs: Marilyn Monroe, Karl Marx, Aldous Huxley, and more. Inside, a big vinyl album that blew open the popular cultureâ€™s doors of perception.
It was psychedelic. Off the map. Wildly popular. And cultural dynamite. Lucy was in the sky with diamonds there. And so, suddenly, was a generation.
Listen to a conversation on On Point about Sgt. Pepper at 40.Â
Were you there with Sgt. Pepper? What did it mean? And, for new listeners or old, how does it sound today?