On June 1st, it will be fifty years since Sgt Pepper taught the band to play. The Beatles' seminal album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by many as one of the main turning points in rock'n'roll history and one of the finest albums ever made, is getting its fair share of celebrations, with Liverpool even dedicating a series of events to the Fab Four's masterpiece.

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Billy Shears' introduction to the world is upcoming book Sgt Pepper at Fifty, which examines the Beatles' dive into psychedelia through a magnifying glass. Written by music journalist Bill DeMain (MOJO, Classic Rock), graphic artist Mike McInnerney (whom you may know as the designer behind The Who's Tommy), and music writer Gillian G. Gaar, Sgt Pepper at 50: The Mood, The Look, The Sound, The Legacy Of The Beatles' Great Masterpiece takes you on a trip (pun intended) through the unique circumstances that led to the album's creation. It is organised into four distinct chapters, each one discussing a different aspect of the symbiotic relationship between Sgt Pepper's influences and legacy.

The book is due out on May 15th via Omnibus and can be pre-ordered here.