Sgt Pepper cover redone for 2012 – to mark his 80th birthday, artist Sir Peter Blake has recreated his famous cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album, updating the people on the cover to feature icons from today.
If you click on the image here you will be able to look at a bigger version of the redesigned album cover and see how many people you can recognise.
Once you have made a note of as many as you can then look at the bottom of today’s posting and get the full list of names. How did you do?
The original cover which appeared on The Beatles 1967 album featured such icons as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Bob Dylan, Aleister Crowley, Oscar Wilde, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Karl Marx. The work also featured each of The Beatles twice, once as themselves and the second time as a waxwork. Blake did originally intend to have Adolf Hitler in the image, and he was in the earliest versions, but in the final shot his image is obscured by that of Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic swimmer who went on to play Tarzan.
Blake has said that he feels the album cover is what he will be remembered for and he finds it a bit frustrating that whatever else he does he is still known as “the man who designed the Sgt Pepper album cover.” As well as celebrating his 80th birthday the new image has been created to show at the Vintage Festival to be held at Boughton House this July. The Vintage Festival has been created by Wayne Hemingway who is one of the co-founders of fashion label Red or Dead. Hemingway said of Blake and his new creation: “The new artwork is a tribute to Britain’s standing as the world’s leading creative nation. We are proud to be dedicating the Sunday at Vintage this year to celebrate his 80th birthday and creative and cultural legacy.”
The movie is based on a screenplay by Matt Whiteley and is to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern who is probably best known for the 2008 movie Swing Vote, starring Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper.
Production may start as early as next month and it will be in direct competition with a second biopic about Jobs which is to be based on the best-selling authorised biography by Walter Isaacson and will be a Sony production. Apart from the advantage to be gained by releasing their movie first the other factor behind an early filming schedule for the Stern production is that Kutcher is currently on a break from his filming commitments for hit US tv show Two and a Half Men.
Although Kutcher is best known for his light comedic roles he has tackled some heavier work in the past with parts in Bobby and The Butterfly Effect. He will no doubt be pleased to be getting coverage for his acting work for a change as recent media coverage has either focussed on his break-up with ex Demi Moore or his possible new relationship with Rihanna.
The new movies will not be the first about Steve Jobs as there was a US tv movie called Pirates of Silicon Valley released in 1999 which had ER’s Noah Wyle playing the part of the Apple chief.
Answers to Sgt Pepper 2012 image from above:
Top Row (L-R): Amy Winehouse, Sir Paul Smith, Ian Curtis, Nick Park, Robin Day, Lucienne Day, Francis Bacon, Roald Dahl, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucian Freud, Kate Moss, Paul Weller, Sir Tom Stoppard, Danny Boyle, Sir Mick Jagger, Fanny Craddock, Mr Chow.
Second Row: Martin Parr, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, John Peel, Sir Terence Conran, Robyn Hitchcock, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Anish Kapoor, Mary Quant, David Bailey, Harold Pinter, David Chipperfield.
Third Row: Agatha Christie, Barbara Hulanicki, John Hurt (slightly raised), Gavin Turk, Rick Stein, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Jonathan Ive, Tracey Emin, Sir David Lean, Peter Saville, Sir David Attenborough, Lord Norman Foster, Justin De Villeneuve, Sir Ridley Scott, Sir Terrence Rattigan, Vidal Sassoon, Richard Curtis, Mark Hix.
Middle Row: Delia Smith (in Norwich City scarf), David Bowie, Twiggy, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Oldman, Damien Hirst, Stella McCartney, Mary McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Dame Helen Mirren, Grayson Perry, Wreckless Eric.
Fifth Row: Richard Rogers (in profile), Noel Gallagher, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jeremy King, Chrissy Blake, Sir Peter Blake, Chris Corbin, Rose Blake, Sir Elton John, Daisy Blake (in roller skates), Ian Dury, David Hockney.
Bottom Row: Monty Python foot, Elvis Costello, Liberty Blake (with flag), Victoria Vintage (on the drum head), Eric Clapton.