Off we go then


Yesterday’s Guardian reports “Liverpool set for 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper Festival”. The line-up looks very impressive, multimedia, not just rock/pop acts, a bit of John Cage, visual arts etc, although the very interesting New York choreographer Mark Morris trots out the usual cliché about it being “the most incredible album ever made”. To paraphrase John Lennon it’s not even the most incredible Beatles album ever made …

Then JR (cheers) alerts me to an on-line piece from the Daily Mail about the photographs taken in San Francisco in 1967 of the whole Summer of Love business. If there’s one newspaper in the entire universe that has no business with any of that time/place or those ideas, it’s the Daily Mail, but most of the photos are very interesting, and some are terrific (I’m not sure quite what a portrait of the Who has to do with anything, but I guess that pulls in the punters)


Meanwhile, it’s unsurprising that most of these anniversary waltzes will focus on Haight Ashbury, London, Liverpool etc but my Pompey perspective (Autumn of Love) is near completion and soon off to the printers. It’s just that every time, I get the final proof I spot one more ‘typo’ …

Incidentally, also locally, is this





Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

5 thoughts on “Off we go then

  1. There is an interesting article in the Guardian today about George Harrison’s film soundtrack ‘Wonderwall’ which includes this observation after Harrison returned from India (with Ravi Shankar) when “his contribution to Sgt Pepper was the quietly assertive ‘Within You Without You’, (but) much of the album left him cold”.

  2. Should have asked my son to proofread your “Summer of Love” book! :-

  3. Be patient Mr Mussell, your day will come…ouch !!

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