Beatles author Bruce Spizer, whose encyclopedic books on the Beatles' catalog have received universal praise from fans, on March 8 announced a new book to be released in May. “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective,” for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, will highlight the memories of fans remembering the album, but also include perspectives by Piers Hemmingsen (“The Beatles In Canada”), Bill King and Al Sussman of Beatlefan, Frank Daniels and others.
In a phone interview Wednesday, Spizer told AXS why he decided to do the book. “I think that a lot of things that are done on 'Sgt. Pepper' go through the technical qualities and how it was recorded, and all these other things and that's fascinating. And I imagine I'll probably put some of that into the book,” he said. “What I found in talking to people about the upcoming 50th anniversary was that there were really great stories about it.”
Spizer remembered how getting the album was for him. “It was almost a communal experience. You talked about it with your friends. You talked about the cover. You talked about the music and things of that nature. Everybody seemed to have their own experience. One of the more interesting ones was Piers Hemmingsen up in Canada. He purchased the album at a store, but didn't have the ability to play it for a couple of days because he wasn't at home. So his initial experience with 'Pepper' was just marveling at the cover. “(And) we know now everyone says it's this brilliant album. A lot of people forget the fact that the writer for the New York Times wrote a scathing review of 'Pepper.'”
He says the book is planned to come out around mid-May in hardback and ebook formats. Fans can send their memories or pictures to him at his website. Deadline to submit is March 22.