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HOW THE BEATLES INMORTALIZED THE LEGACY OF PETER BLAKE

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The 1967 album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was not the first artwork that Peter Blake made for The Beatles. Three years earlier, Paul McCartney had asked the British Pop artist to “paint something good” for his newly purchased Scottish farmhouse. (Blake eventually presented him with a painting inspired by the majestic stag from Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 work The Monarch of the Glen.)

But it was the Sgt. Pepper’s cover, with its technicolor marching band and star-studded crowd, that came to define Blake’s legacy. Today, the 85-year-old artist regards its fame with mixed emotions. “You get stuck with a certain kind of image that will never lose you,” he said in 2007. “I’m proud of it, but I’ll never get away from it.”

It’s true that the cover represents just a fraction of Blake’s eclectic career—which he has developed over the past seven decades and traces back to youth, when he flunked a grammar school entrance exam. As a result, at the age of 14, he applied to the Junior Art School of Gravesend Technical College instead, and, despite not having shown a particular interest or natural capacity for art, enrolled there. Blake spent the next four years honing artistic skills like typography, illustration, graphic design, life drawing, silversmithing, and more.

While Blake’s legacy may forever be dominated by his album cover, he’s taken a firm stance in defining the twilight years of his career. “Usually other people decide when your Late Period is or was, but rather than wait for anyone else, I’ve decided very consciously to have mine now,” he told the Guardian in 2006. “I know I’ve done pretty much everything it was reasonable to expect, and maybe sometimes I’ve done a little more than that.”

When Blake and Haworth stepped in, the band had already dreamed up the marching band theme. Blake suggested a “magical” audience in the background of the photograph, “the kind of crowd that you could never bring together.” He collected a list of names from three of the four Beatles (John Lennon famously included Adolf Hitler among his suggestions, though the artists obscured him in the finished work) and added a few art-world personalities of his own: Light and Space artist Larry Bell, and the creator of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, Simon Rodia.

In all, Blake and Haworth were paid £200 for their work on the now-iconic cover—a nominal fee that’s still a sore spot for Blake. (“Even the people that did the flowers were paid more!” he later griped.) The piece encapsulated exactly what Blake had been trying to do in his wider artistic practice—make works with the “directness and distribution of pop music,” he explained. With Sgt. Pepper’s, “if you bought the record you also bought a piece of art on exactly the level that I was aiming for.”

WATCH BAKED GOODS SING PAUL IN CHANNEL 4’s FIRST ‘BAKE OFF’ TRAILER

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Paul and the Frog Chorus’ ‘We All Stand Together’ soundtracks the trailer

The first trailer has been released for Channel 4’s new-look The Great British Bake Off.

It was announced earlier this year that Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding is teaming up with Sandi Toksvig to host Channel 4’s first series of Bake Off, replacing departing BBC presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. TV chef Prue Leith will be a new judge alongside Paul Hollywood, who opted to move stations with the show.

With the new series “coming soon”, this new animated trailer sees slices of cake, croissants and other baked goods singing Paul and the Frog Chorus’ ‘We All Stand Together’. Watch below.


NEW PHOTO COLLECTION: ‘ONE ON ONE’ IN JAPAN

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The most recent leg of Paul’s ‘One On One’ tour has come to an end in the US. As we look forward to it kicking off again in September, we’re also reminded of the first show of the year on the 25th April at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo.

Following that incredible start to the tour leg, Paul went on to play three sold out shows at the Tokyo Dome in the same week!

PaulMcCartney.com was on hand to capture the excitement, atmosphere and relationship between Paul and his fans, and today we publish a new selection of exclusive shots from the week.

Check out the photos by clicking HERE!

 

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11th September — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
12th September — Newark, NJ — Prudential Center
13th September — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
17th September — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
19th September — Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
21st September – Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
23rd September — Syracuse, NY — Carrier Dome
26th September — Uniondale, NY — NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
27th September — Uniondale, NY — NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1st October — Detroit, MI — Little Caesars Arena
2nd October — Detroit MI — Little Caesars Arena
13th October: Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio Stadium
15th October: São Paulo, Allianz Parque
17th October: Belo Horizonte, Mineirão Stadium
20th October: Salvador, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
24th October: Atanasio Girardot Stadium, Medellín, Colombia
28th October: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
6th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
12th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ


PAUL WILL RECEIVE “LA ORDEN JUAN DEL CORRAL” IN COLOMBIA

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Paul will receive during his visit to Colombia in october, La Orden Juan del Corral, en Categoría Oro. This Order is given to celebrities who fight for the protection of environment.
The Honor was approved on Friday, August 4 by all the councilors of Medellín.

Paul McCartney will be getting ‘One On One’ with Colombia this 24 October at Atanasio Girardot Stadium, Medellín, Colombia.

Speaking about his forthcoming visit Paul said:
“The last time we played in Colombia we had a blast and I always wanted to go back. I’m really excited to get there with my new show this year. Can’t wait to see them all and have a rock party.”