A new unofficial documentary about the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the work for the album's 50th anniversary this coining June. Although the Beatles' company Apple is not involved, Fifty Years Ago Today. . . 'Sgt. Pepper' And Beyond, which is directed by Alan G. Parker, promises "rare and unseen footage forensically unearthed from mainstream archives and private collectors." Among the high-profile talking heads featured in the doc are original Beatles drummer Pete Best, official biographer Hunter Davies, music impresario Simon Napier-Bell, and famed music author Phillip Norman. Music will be supplied by the tribute band, the Bootleg Beatles.
The film picks up on The Beatles as they end their grueling tour schedule in August 1966 (coincidentally following on from Ron Howard’s recent Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week) to return to the studio to record the landmark ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album.
The film will journey through various solo projects to the release of Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, touching on flower power, John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono, LSD, meditation, Jimi Hendrix, the death of Brian Epstein, Abbey Road Studios and the Magical Mystery Tour.