The Spirit of 67 takes place on Saturday 22nd July in Harrogate

 

Celebrating 50 years since 1967 and the Summer Of Love, this one-off event includes live performances, exhibition and mural, gallery talks, a book signing, plus various happenings throughout the course of one magical day in Harrogate.

The day includes: ‘Sgt Pepper at Fifty Book Signing - Mike McInnerney & Dudley Edwards In Conversation’ McInnerney and Edwards were key players at the heart of the Summer Of Love in Swinging London. Pop artist Edwards lived with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, creating artwork for The Beatles’ London homes and painting McCartney’s ‘Magic Piano’. He was also present during much of the writing and recording of the seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

There are many fascinating anecdotes around the guys, including Paul McCartney who says of Mike and Dudley: "I remember the first time I first saw a photo of their painted car in the Sunday Times Magazine and I thought it was really cool. So I got in touch with them and asked the guys if we could have a meeting. We did, and I told them "I've got a little piano I'd like you to decorate in that same style". And at first they were a little bit reluctant to do anything, but I persuaded them. So they measured it all up, took the panel dimensions, and worked up some designs. Then they painted it and did a lovely job and it became my Psychedelic Piano, which I wrote a lot of songs on, including 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Fixing A Hole', and 'Hey Jude'.” 

The Spirit Of 67 reaches its climax with the unveiling of a new mural by leading artist Morgan Howell, featuring super-size reproductions of some of the most acclaimed records released in 1967. This special event will also include live performances by renowned Leeds band The Strawberries and Liverpool singer-songwriter Nick Ellis.

 
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