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Peter Blake reworks Sgt Pepper’s cover for 80th birthday

By | Published on Tuesday 3 April 2012

Artist Peter Blake has created a new version of what is possibly his most famous work, the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’, as part of celebrations to mark his 80th birthday this year. Further birthday party plans are being put together to take place at the year’s Vintage Festival in July.

For the new version of the piece, Blake recreated the Beatles cover with an updated array of cultural icons, including David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Vivienne Westwood, Ian Curtis, Noel Gallagher, Mick Jagger and, er, Delia Smith.

Says Blake: “I’ve chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends. I had a very long list of people who I wanted to include but couldn’t fit everyone in – I think that shows how strong British culture and its legacy of the last six decades is”.

You can see the new artwork here:

Peter Blake Sgt Pepper 2012