Project Description


The magazine gets its first full colour cover, to celebrate the release of the Sgt Pepper LP. As well as the regular content, this issue features articles on the making of the album, the concept and design, and a track-by-track review by Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall. Most of the featured photographs relate to the making of the LP. “Behind the Spotlight” is in June 1965, when the boys were awarded their MBEs. There is also a full page ad for the “pirate” Radio London, “Your Number 1 Beatles Station”, the only ad the magazine ran for anything not directly related to the Beatles.

Centre: John


In June Sgt Pepper is released and sells over 250,000 copies in the first week. The band are in the studio recording various tracks, including backing for All You Need Is Love, which is performed and broadcast live on Our World on 25th June (their final “live” TV appearance as the Beatles). In an interview in Time magazine, Paul admits to taking LSD, causing much press reaction, and prompting Paul to make a statement to Independent Television News two days later.


The reprint is a straight copy of the original, so there are no obvious printing differences. However, like all of the reprints the book is slightly narrower than the original, resulting in the edges being cropped. On the front of a reprint the “47” is right at the edge of the page and on the back, Ringo’s shoulder is incomplete.