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The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper, and the Summer of Love (For the Record
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Introduction: It Was 50 Years Ago Today! - Kenneth Womack I. A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed for All 1.Sgt. Pepper-with a Little Outsider Help-Taught the Band to Play - Jerry Zolten 2.Turning Us On: Artifice as Authenticity in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Mark Osteen 3.The Sitar, Eastern Music and Philosophy, and the Beatles' Progress Towards Rishikesh - Kathryn B. Cox 4.The Act You've Known for All These Years: Discord and Harmony in the Third Space - Jacqueline Edmondson II. The Summer of Love (and Commerce) 5. "All You Need Is Love": The Beatles in the Global Village - Kit O'Toole 6.Golden Blunders: The Fall of the Beatles' Apple and Its Unlikely Seed - Joe Rapolla 7.The Wretched Life of a Lonely Heart: Sgt. Pepper's Girls, Fandom, the Wilson Sisters, and Chrissie Hynde - Katie Kapurch 8. "You Say You Want a Revolution": The Beatles and the Political Culture of the 1960s - Kenneth L. Campbell III. The Magical/Tragical History Tour 9.Dying To Take You Away: The Beatles as Cinematic Auteurs - Robert Rodriguez 10.The End of Fantasy: The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour, and the Counterculture - Michael Frontani 11.Magical Mystery Tour: From EP to LP to CD - Bruce Spizer

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Kenneth Womack is professor of English and dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. Kathryn B. Cox is doctoral candidate in historical musicology at the University of Michigan.

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Largely because of the Beatles, 1967 was the most important year for song since 1840. This study of the Beatles' work of 1967 offers deep and stimulating new research and speculation on the surrounding politics, communications media, commerce and the counterculture; inspiration ranging from non-western to avant garde musics; tension in the Beatles' masquerade; the role of gender in reception; and the album's influence on followers. -- Walter Everett, University of Michigan
In this fifty-year retrospective on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Magical Mystery Tour film/EP/LP, Womack, Cox, and their writers have done what a good recap of these pop artifacts should do: not merely to 'celebrate' them for having aged so well, but to wrench readers out of their by now routine responses to the Beatles so as to have them experience, as if for the first time, the group's supreme masterpiece, their subsequent misadventures in film-making, and all of the lasting music they created in 1967, the year of the Summer of Love. -- Steven Hamelman, Coastal Carolina University

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