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Sgt Pepper gets a makeover

Sir Peter Blake's new album cover Photo: Sir Peter Blake/Vintage Festival/PA Wire

45 years after its release, the veteran artist Sir Peter Blake has updated his iconic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

The original cover featured The Beatles standing in front of more than 70 life-size cardboard figures of many of the famous personalities of the day.

ITV News' reporter Martha Fairlie has the story:

Each of the band members picked their personal heroes for the crowd scene, which featured Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Karl Marx, Marlene Dietrich, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy among others.

The original 1967 album cover Credit: Peter Blake/ITV News

Sir Peter said his latest creation featured his own heroes from the past six decades. He said: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends."

The figures include fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and singer Amy Winehouse. Even Harry Potter author JK Rowling makes an appearance.

Sir Peter, who has been hailed as the 'Godfather of Pop Art', said the work was a testament to the strength of British culture.

The Sgt Pepper album cover was made by cutting pieces of cardboard and hand-colouring them. This one is computer generated. I often thought that if I did it again it would be very quick on the computer but it was very laborious.

– Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake Credit: ITV News

Sir Peter has made the artwork to go on display during his 80th birthday celebrations at this year's Vintage Festival, celebrating the best of British culture.

The full list of people featured in the new album cover can be seen here, but they include:

  • Agatha Christie, author
  • Anish Kapoor, artist
  • Audrey Hepburn, film actress
  • Damien Hirst, artist
  • Danny Boyle, film director
  • David Attenborough, naturalist and broadcaster
  • David Bowie, popstar
  • Delia Smith, food writer and broadcaster
  • David Hockney, artist