Friday, June 04, 2004

HOW MACCA AND LENNON GOT TO BE RICH: They only paid Peter Blake two hundred quid for making the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sleeve. Blake's still smarting over this, nearly forty years later - he told Apple to go slice themselves when they asked him to do some work during that flurry of anthology stuff a while back - but while he might not have got paid much, he's not done badly out of the Sgt Peppers job: certainly, whenever he pops up in the media, it seems to be to bang on about how "Shirley Temple's on the front three times, you know." Two hundred quid and several thousand good lunches, then.


Amy said...

And I thought I was the only one who believes that Peter Blake is a bit of a hypocrite. I heard him talk at the Re:Creation Awards ceremony in March and when someone in the room asked him if he'd do the Sgt Pepper's cover again, he said, "No, it's been an albatross around my neck" or words to that effect, before banging on about it for the rest of the talk, as well as any interview before or since.

Must be a particularly light, unobtrusive and companionable albatross. :)

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Perhaps he got confused: when he said "an albatross round my neck" he meant "some lightly poached guinea fowl in a white wine sauce with charbroiled vegetables on my plate"

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