Sgt. Pepper's - The Beatles 50th Anniversary

March 30, 2017

Published on Thursday June 1st,

the 50th Anniversary of the Release of

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

A New Beatles Book Written by Brian Southall,

Former Director of Communications of EMI Records Worldwide


Along with Southall, the General Manager of Abby Road Studios and

Co-Designer of Sgt. Pepper’s Album Cover 
are Also Available for Interview


Media Tour:  New York City (Thursday, June 1st – Sunday, June 4th)


  • 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of what many think is the greatest Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Now, Brian Southall, an author of 17 music books, and former Director of Communications, EMI Records Worldwide (working intimately with the Beatles’ solo projects), puts his unique spin on the music and the era in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:  The Album, The Beatles, and the World in 1967 (Imagine, an imprint of Charlesbridge Publishing, June 1, 2017; 978-1-62354-526-0; $30.00; Hardcover). 
  • The book celebrates a time when a pop album release was a hugely significant event in a year of global turmoil, and is published on the day the actual album was released 50 years ago. 


This book is separated into two parts:   The first (“A” side) is all about the Beatles, and the second (“B” side) is all about 1967, the year the album was released.  In an interview, Brian Southall can discuss: 


·         the excitement and powerful impact that the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” had on the world during such a historically significant time;

·         never-before-seen interviews from other Beatles’ insiders featured in the book;

·         what it was like working with artists such as Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, Queen, and Pink Floyd; and

·         Brian’s lists of top 5’s from 1967, including the Top Songs of 67, Top Ten Albums 67, Best Books of 1967, US 1967 No 1 Singles, and more!


For national interviews, along with Brian Southall, we can make available: 


  • Ken Townsend (former technical engineer and GM of Abbey Road Studios):  Ken began working at Abbey Road in the 1950s and in 1967 was a senior technical engineer. He worked on many Beatles sessions—including their first ever in 1962—and was instrumental in creating ADT (artificial double tracking) which was much used on Sgt. Pepper’s and dubbed "Ken's flanger" by John Lennon. He is in the book on p 37, 48, 96.


  • Jann Haworth (co-designer of the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover):  In 1967, Jann (an American living in Salt Lake City) was an artist living in London and with her then husband Peter Blake, designed the album cover for Sg. Pepper’s and has gone on to have a number of major exhibitions of her work.  Her contributions in the book are on p 56, 58, 59, 60, 97, 177.                                                                   


About Brian Southall:   Spanning a 30+ year career in the music business, Southall started out as reporter on the Essex Chronicle in the 1960s—when he first began interviewing pop groups including the Rolling Stones & The Who—Brian Southall went on to work as a journalist for Music Business Weekly, Melody Maker and Disc before joining A&M Records as a press officer in 1973.  From there he moved to EMI Records where, during a fifteen-year career he served in press, promotion, marketing and artist development, working with the likes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Queen, Cliff Richard, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, Nigel Kennedy & the Rolling Stones. When he left in 1989 he held the position of Director Corporate Communications fort EMI Music Worldwide.   Over the next 14 years he was a consultant to Warner Music International (Phil Collins, the Corrs, R.E.M., Madonna, Simply Red etc.), the international music retailers HMV and both the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) before ‘retiring’ to focus on writing books.