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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 45th anniversary: Queen's University expert

2012-06-06

Queen’s University adjunct music professor Robb MacKay is available to talk about the 45th anniversary of The Beatles' landmark album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The album – released on June 1, 1967 – is widely regarded as the greatest album of all time. It is one of the world’s top selling albums (more than 32 million copies sold) and most influential (it was ranked the No. 1 album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2010).

“Some music always sounds as fresh as it did the time you first heard it, like Michael Jackson's Thriller and some of the Motown catalogue. Sgt. Pepper is just like that. Moreover, we know it will last because it's the perennial benchmark. How many times have you heard about a record ‘It's the Sgt. Pepper of …’ ” says Mr. MacKay.

Mr. MacKay teaches a course on popular music at Queen’s and discusses the influence of the Beatles. Please note Mr. MacKay has limited availability between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 this week.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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