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Sgt. Pepper and the White Album: The Establishment and Dissolution of the Album Form

Sgt. Pepper and the White Album: The Establishment and Dissolution of the Album Form <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>Critics and fans already regarded <i>Sgt. Pepper&apos;s Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> as the apotheosis of the album form by the time the Beatles recorded their follow-up LP, the <i>White Album</i>. Always artistically restless, the band were no longer interested in creating the same type of cohesive, thematically unified album as <i>Sgt. Pepper</i>; they had already accomplished that feat and moved on. With the <i>White Album</i>, the Beatles positively shattered any sense of textual unity, creating a type of anti-<i>Pepper</i> and, perhaps unavoidably, anti-album. Doing so allowed the Beatles to undermine album construction and allowed the audience insight into the band&apos;s creative process.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Penn State University Press

Sgt. Pepper and the White Album: The Establishment and Dissolution of the Album Form

Interdisciplinary Literary Studies , Volume 22 (1) – Sep 4, 2020

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Abstract

<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>Critics and fans already regarded <i>Sgt. Pepper&apos;s Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> as the apotheosis of the album form by the time the Beatles recorded their follow-up LP, the <i>White Album</i>. Always artistically restless, the band were no longer interested in creating the same type of cohesive, thematically unified album as <i>Sgt. Pepper</i>; they had already accomplished that feat and moved on. With the <i>White Album</i>, the Beatles positively shattered any sense of textual unity, creating a type of anti-<i>Pepper</i> and, perhaps unavoidably, anti-album. Doing so allowed the Beatles to undermine album construction and allowed the audience insight into the band&apos;s creative process.</p>

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Interdisciplinary Literary StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Sep 4, 2020

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