Themed Feature15 Oct 2017
It’s been half a century since The Beatles’ „Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band” hit the record stores. The Fab Four brought together all their genius in 1967, creating an innovative masterpiece of psychedelic rock, pop, classical elements and experimentation. That the Beatles drew inspiration from mind-expanding drugs and Indian gurus made them even more popular with counterculture youth. British documentary, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today ... Sgt Pepper and Beyond, looks into the creation of the album and revives the Swinging Sixties with rare archive material.
Music history was also written by Whitney Houston. The gospel singer from New Jersey became a pop sensation in the 1980s and 90s. Her version of Dolly Parton‘s „I Will Always Love You“, and hits like „My Love Is Your Love“ or „One Moment in Time“, brought millions to tears thanks to her divine voice that spanned three octaves. All the more tragic was her downfall, accompanied by drugs and financial difficulties. In 2012, Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub at the age of 48. The outstanding documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me tells her story and lets relatives and companions have their say. Testimonials are mixed with footage from her 1999 world tour.
In 2015, rock veterans Iggy Pop and Josh Homme went into a studio in the Mojave Desert. The result is „Post Pop Depression“, an album full of gorgeous, avant-garde garage rock. In American Valhalla, you can witness the creation of the album and rock out to their concert at Royal Albert Hall.
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today ... Sgt Pepper and Beyond
Whitney: Can I Be Me