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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’: Reflections on a Beatles opus, 50 years on

This month, we celebrate 50 years since “Sgt. Pepper” taught the world to listen. As the years ran on, the “foreign” modes of this thirty-five-minute-long album (Hinduist philosophy, ‘20s music-hall, hippie stoner culture) became familiar, lodged into a generation’s memory bank. But can we separate the legacy from the musical text? What else is there to glean in “Pepper” in 2017, beyond…

The Triton Museum presents works inspired by John Lennon’s “Imagine”

John Lennon’s 1971 song, “Imagine,” asks us to imagine a world without racial, social, religious and economic divisions. “Rolling Stone” magazine summarized it as “22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself.” Lennon, in an interview, said, “If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion— not without religion but without this my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing— then it can become true.”