Peter Blake (artist)

Sir Peter Thomas Blake CBE RDI RA (born 25 June 1932) is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. His other best known works include the cover of the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and the Live Aid concert poster.[1] Blake also designed the 2012 Brit Award statuette.[2]

One of the best known British pop artists, Blake is considered to be a prominent figure in the pop art movement.[1] Central to his paintings are his interest in images from popular culture which have infused his collages. In 2002 he was knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to art.[1]


Peter Blake

Blake, The First Real Target
The First Real Target, 1961, Tate Gallery
Born
Peter Thomas Blake

25 June 1932 (age 86)
Dartford, Kent, England
EducationRoyal College of Art
Known forPainting, Printmaking
Notable work
Self-Portrait with Badges, 1961
MovementPop art
Spouse(s)

Early life

Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent, on 25 June 1932. He was educated at the Gravesend Technical College school of art, and the Royal College of Art.[3]

Career

Blake, On the Balcony
On the Balcony, 1955–57, Tate Gallery

During the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 1960. In the 'Young Contemporaries' exhibition of 1961 in which he exhibited alongside David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj, he was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for Self Portrait with Badges. He came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he featured in Ken Russell's Monitor film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, broadcast on BBC television in 1962. From 1963 Blake was represented by Robert Fraser placing him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture. His Captain Webb Matchbox piece is another of his works in the pop art movement.[1]

Work

On the Balcony (1955–57) is a significant early work which remains an iconic piece of British Pop Art, showing Blake's interest in combining images from pop culture with fine art. The work, which appears to be a collage but is wholly painted, shows, among other things, a boy on the left of the composition holding Édouard Manet's The Balcony, badges and magazines. It was inspired by a painting by Honoré Sharrer depicting workers holding famous paintings, Workers and Paintings.[4]. At the "Pop Art in Changing Britain" exhibit and as reported by The Telegraph on February 21 of 2018, his "Girls with their hero", a 1959 painting of facets of Elvis Presley was said to have "fashioned a highly personal form of Pop Art, infused by nostalgia for Victoriana and a long-lost world of native pastimes". Blake has referred to the work of other artists many times. Another example, The First Real Target (1961) a standard archery target with the title written across the top is a play on paintings of targets by Kenneth Noland and Jasper Johns.

Blake painted several album sleeves. He designed the sleeve for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with his wife Jann Haworth, the American-born artist whom he married in 1963 and divorced in 1979. The Sgt. Pepper's sleeve has become an iconic work of pop art, much imitated and Blake's best-known work. Producing the collage necessitated the construction of a set with cut-out photographs and objects, such as flowers, centred on a drum (sold in auction in 2008) with the title of the album. Blake has subsequently complained about the one-off fee he received for the design (£200[5][6]), with no subsequent royalties. Blake made sleeves for the Band Aid single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1984), Paul Weller's Stanley Road (1995) and the Ian Dury tribute album Brand New Boots and Panties (2001; Blake was Dury's tutor at the Royal College of Art in the mid-60s). He designed the sleeves for Pentangle's Sweet Child and The Who's Face Dances (1981), which features portraits of the band by a number of artists.

In 1969, Blake left London to live near Bath. His work changed direction to feature scenes based on English Folklore and characters from Shakespeare. In the early 1970s, he made a set of watercolour paintings to illustrate Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass using a young artist, Celia Wanless, as the model for Alice and in 1975 he was a founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists. Blake moved back to London in 1979 and his work returned to earlier popular culture references.

In 1990 and 1991, Blake painted the artwork to Eric Clapton's 1991 million-selling live album 24 Nights. A scrapbook featuring all of Blake's drawing was later released. In January 1992, Blake appeared on BBC2's acclaimed "Arena" Masters of the Canvas documentary and painted the portrait of the wrestler Kendo Nagasaki.

In June 2006, as The Who returned to play Leeds University 36 years after recording their seminal Live at Leeds album in 1970, Blake unveiled a Live at Leeds 2 artwork to commemorate the event. The artist and The Who's Pete Townshend signed an edition which will join the gallery's collection. More recently, Blake has created artist's editions for the opening of the Pallant House Gallery which houses collections of his most famous paintings. The works are homages to his earlier work on the Stanley Road album cover and Babe Rainbow prints. He designed a series of deck chairs.

In 2006, Blake designed the cover for Oasis greatest hits album Stop the Clocks. According to Blake, he chose all of the objects in the picture at random, but the sleeves of Sgt. Pepper's and Definitely Maybe were in the back of his mind. He claims, "It's using the mystery of Definitely Maybe and running away with it." Familiar cultural icons which can be seen on the cover include Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, Michael Caine (replacing the original image of Marilyn Monroe, which could not be used for legal reasons) and the seven dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Blake revealed that the final cover wasn't the original which featured an image of the shop 'Granny Takes A Trip' on the Kings Road in Chelsea, London.

Blake created an updated version of Sgt. Pepper—with famous figures from Liverpool history—for the campaign for Liverpool to become European Capital of Culture in 2008, and is created a series of prints to celebrate Liverpool's status.[7] In 2008, Blake painted a pig for the public art event King Bladud's Pigs In Bath in the city of Bath.

A fan of Chelsea Football Club, Blake designed a collage to promote the team's home kit in 2010. He also designed a shopping bag for the Lucky Brand Jeans company for the holiday season. As part of 'The Big Egg Hunt' February 2012 Sir Peter Blake designed an egg on behalf of Dorchester Collection. Blake created the carpet which runs through the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom's Middlesex Guildhall building.[8]

As he approached his 80th birthday, Blake undertook a project to recreate the Sgt. Pepper album cover with images of British cultural icons of his life that he most admires.[9] He stated: "I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but couldn't fit everyone in – I think that shows how strong British culture and its legacy of the last six decades is."[9][10] The new version was created for a special birthday celebration of Blake's life at fashion designer Wayne Hemingway's Vintage festival at Boughton House, Northamptonshire in July 2012.[9]

An exhibition was held at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to celebrate the artist's long associations with music called [Peter Blake and Pop Music] (23 June to 7 October 2012).[11] In 2014, he exhibited his illustrations inspired by Under Milk Wood at National Museum Cardiff.[12] In 2016, Blake designed the artwork for Eric Clapton's studio album I Still Do.

Honours

Blake became a Royal Academician in 1981. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1983 Birthday Honours and Knight Bachelor in the 2002 Birthday Honours for his services to art.[13][14] Blake was knighted by Prince Charles in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.[1] Retrospectives of Blake's work were held at the Tate in 1983 and Tate Liverpool in 2008.[15] In February 2005, the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, located in the School of Music, University of Leeds, was opened by the artist. The permanent exhibition features 20 examples of Blake's album sleeve art, including the only public showing of a signed print of his Sgt. Pepper's artwork.

In March 2011, Blake was awarded an honorary DMus from the University of Leeds, and marked by the public unveiling of his artwork for the Boogie For Stu album. On 18 July 2011, Blake was awarded an honorary degree for Doctor of Art from Nottingham Trent University. In 2014 he was made an honorary academician at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

Personal life

Blake was married to the American-born artist Jann Haworth from 1963 to 1979, and they had two daughters together, Liberty and Daisy.[16] In 1980, Blake met fellow artist Chrissy Wilson, they married in 1987, and have a daughter, Rose.[16][17]

Blake has lived in Chiswick, London, since 1967.[18] His "vast" studio there is a former ironmonger's warehouse.[19]

Bibliography

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "Pop art star knighted". BBC News. 10 October 2002. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Damien Hirst's 2013 Brit Award statue unveiled". BBC. 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Sir Peter Blake: why I chose Pop over pot". The Telegraph. 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Honoré Sharrer. Workers and Paintings. 1943 - MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art.
  5. ^ Barber, Lynn (17 June 2007). "Blake's progress". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2014-10-05. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  6. ^ Anthony Barnes (4 February 2007). "Where's Adolf? The mystery of Sgt Pepper is solved". The Independent. London. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Mike Chapple, "Pop art pioneer marks 2008", Liverpool Daily Post, 26/5/06, p3
  8. ^ "BBC NEWS - In Pictures - In pictures: UK Supreme Court".
  9. ^ a b c "New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday". The Guardian. 5 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Sir Peter Blake's new Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album cover (with video interview)". BBC News Online. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  11. ^ "404". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood". 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  13. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. p. 7.
  14. ^ "No. 56595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2002. p. 1.
  15. ^ Publicity for 2008 Tate Liverpool retrospective Archived 12 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, artatler website
  16. ^ a b Higgins, Ria (30 May 2004). "Relative Values: The 1960s artist Sir Peter Blake, and his daughter Rose". The Times. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Peter Blake: A retrospective, Biography". Tate. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Sir Peter Blake: why I chose Pop over pot". The Telegraph. 20 November 2016.
  19. ^ Barber, Lynn (17 June 2007). "Blake's progress". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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Christian Furr

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Clive Wilkins

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Denis O'Regan

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Do They Know It's Christmas?

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"Do They Know It's Christmas?" was re-recorded three times: in 1989, 2004, and 2014. All the re-recordings were also charity records; the 1989 and 2004 versions also provide money for famine relief, while the 2014 version was used to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. All three of these versions also reached number one in the UK, with the 1989 and 2004 versions also becoming the Christmas number ones for their respective years. The 2004 version of the song was also a UK million seller, with 1.8 million copies sold.

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Face Dances

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Despite mixed reviews from Rolling Stone and other critics, the album peaked at #4 on the US Billboard album charts and #2 on the UK album charts.

The album cover features paintings of the members by many British painters, who were commissioned by Peter Blake, designer of the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Artists include Tom Phillips, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, David Hockney, Clive Barker, R. B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, and Blake himself.

In 1992, Sincer Records re-released the album on CD. It only held the songs from the original LP.

In 1997, the album was remixed, remastered and re-released by MCA Records with three outtakes as well as two live tracks. The live track "How Can You Do It Alone" is an edited version of the live performance.

"You Better You Bet" was the first single from the album; its music video was one of the first music videos aired on MTV in 1981, and was the first to be repeated on the channel.

Gettin' In Over My Head

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Featuring celebrity guests, such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Eric Clapton and the late Carl Wilson, Gettin' in Over My Head received satisfactory reviews upon release but was not commercially successful. Sir Peter Blake created the cover art and assigned 2004 Brian Wilson Presents Smile artist Mark London to art direct the rest of the package.

Hogarth's House

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List of people from the London Borough of Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest is the birthplace of William Morris, best known as one of the principal founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction, and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain.

Other famous people such as Footballer and former England Captain David Beckham, I, Claudius star Derek Jacobi, former Essex and England Cricket Captain Graham Gooch and film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock were also born in the borough.

Among those who were born in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):

Patrick Agyemang

Damon Albarn

Keith Albarn, manager of Soft Machine and father of Damon Albarn, taught art at Walthamstow College of Art in the 1960s

Jodi Albert, former Hollyoaks actress

Richard Ayoade

Danny Bailey

David Bailey

Trevor Bailey, Essex and England cricketer

Jill Barklem

Robert Barltrop

Graham Barnfield, pundit and academic, moved to Highams Park in 2001. He lived in the former home of actress Tara Moran.

David Beckham, grew up in Chingford having been born at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone on 2 May 1975; as a child he attended Chingford School and played football for Ridgeway Rovers, a local side

Steve Bell

John Berger, socialist artist and writer, lived in Highams Park as a child

Peter Blake (artist), artist, painted sleeve cover of the Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Blazin' Squad, members of the band lived in or near Highams Park and studied at Highams Park School

Paul Boateng

Mick Box, guitarist for Uriah Heep born in Walthamstow

Boy Kill Boy

Matthew Bourne, choreographer and dancer, was born in Walthamstow

Frederick Bremer, inventor

Sir Reader William Bullard

Lee Butcher, Leyton Orient Goalkeeper

Edward Buxton (conservationist)

David Cairns, musician, guitarist with Secret Affair was born in Walthamstow

Cartrain

Maurice Chambers

Cornelius Cardew

Harry Cohen, MP for Leyton, attended Selwyn School

Terry Coldwell

Terry Cole

Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard

Jack Cornwell VC, born in Leyton in 1900

Fanny Cradock

Bobby Crush

Johnny Dankworth, jazz musician, born in Highams Park in 1927, attended Selwyn School and Sir George Monoux Grammar School

Paul Di'Anno, lead singer of Iron Maiden 1978-1981.

Alan Davies, stand-up comedian and regular guest on quiz show QI, was born in Chingford

Curtis Davies, Premiership footballer

Chris Day

Eric Deakins

Joe Dever, author and games designer, was born in Chingford in 1956

Adam Devlin, guitarist for The Bluetones lives in Walthamstow

Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister, attended Higham Hall School in Walthamstow

John Drinkwater

Iain Duncan Smith, MP

Ian Dury, singer and songwriter, studied at Walthamstow Art College

Fleur East, singer-songwriter, runner-up to The X Factor UK, 2014

East 17, British pop boy band, including singer/songwriter Brian Harvey

Sir George Edwards (aviation), aircraft designer (Concorde) and industrialist was born in Hale End Road, Highams Park, on 9 July 1908.

Eamon Everall, studied at Waltham Forest School of Art

Ken Farnes

Joanne Fenn

Patrik Fitzgerald

Marion Foale

Quinton Fortune

James Foster (cricketer, born 1980)

Samantha Fox

Neil Gerrard, MP for Walthamstow

Terry Gibson

Sir Stephen Gomersall

Graham Gooch

Jon Goodman

Nickolas Grace

Michael Grandage

Peter Greenaway, CBE

Mark Greenstreet

Gunshot (British Hip hop group)

Fitz Hall

King Harold I

Steve Harris, founder and bass player of Iron Maiden

Brian Harvey (musician)

Martin Hayes (footballer)

Paul Hayes

Darren Hayman

Barry Hearn

Don Henderson

Peter Hennessy, historian

John Hewer "Captain Birdseye"

Steve Hillage

James Hilton

Sir Alfred Hitchcock

David Holdsworth

Dean Holdsworth

Helen Hollick

Richard Holmes (military historian)

Tom Hood, humourist and playwright, born at Lake House in 1835

Sydney Horler

Justin Hoyte

Mick Hume, journalist

Nasser Hussain, OBE

Doug Insole, England Cricketer

Jonathan Ive, designed the iPod (all generations) iMac (all generations), iBook, Powerbook, MacBook and MacBook Pro, as well as the new iPhone

Iron Maiden

Derek Jacobi

Harry Kane

Tolga Kashif

Colin Kazim-Richards

Lena Kennedy

The Kray twins, buried in Chingford cemetery

Kwasi Kwarteng, Conservative Party politician

Terry Lawless

T E Lawrence

Lethal Bizzle

Leyton Buzzards

John Lill

Russell Lissack, from Bloc Party grew up in Chingford

Natasha Little

Valentine McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee

Morell Mackenzie

Bryan Magee

Dominic McVey, Britain's youngest self-made millionaire

Shazia Mirza

George Allan Mitchell, VC

Chris Moncrieff, political journalist

George Monoux, Lord Mayor of the City of London, 1514

Bobby Moore

Tara Moran

More Fire Crew

Ian Morgan

Roger Morgan

William Morris

Tony Mortimer

Fabrice Muamba

Frank Muir (Writer and radio personality)

Jimmy Neighbour

Grant Nelson, radio DJ, went to school in Chingford

Peter Nicol, MBE

Ross Noble

Michael Nyman, composer and musicologist

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Cornelia Parker

Grayson Perry, ceramicist and 2003 Turner Prize winner, has his studio in Walthamstow

Mark Petchey

Pascale Petit, poet, twice shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize, lives in Walthamstow

Eddie Phillips

Leslie Phillips, comedy star of the Carry On Films, lived in Chingford

Sol Plaatje

Fred Pontin, founder and managing director of Pontins holiday camps

Ruth Rendell

Lt.Col V.C. 'Dope' Richmond, designer of the R101

Tony Robinson

Alliot Verdon Roe

Jonathan Ross

Paul Ross

Ken Russell

Pam St. Clement

Nick Saloman

June Sarpong, television presenter

Graham Saville

Baroness Scotland, Attorney General, grew up in Walthamstow and attended Walthamstow School for Girls

Jamie Shea

Teddy Sheringham, footballer, born on 2 April 1966 in Highams Park

Rita Simons, British actress, singer and model

Talvin Singh

John Smith, avant–garde filmmaker, born in Highams Park, attended Selwyn Avenue School and George Monoux School

Rodney "Gypsy" Smith

Vivian Stanshall, musician, painter, singer, broadcaster, songwriter, poet and writer, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, grew up in Grove Road, Walthamstow

Seán Mac Stíofáin

Meera Syal

Thomas Griffith Taylor, (1890-1963) Antarctic explorer

Norman Tebbit

Nicola Walker

Angela Watkinson, MP

Michael Watson

Geoffrey Wellum

Danniella Westbrook, former EastEnders star lives in Chingford

Adam Woodyatt, English actor who plays Ian Beale in EastEnders, born in Walthamstow 1968

Phil Woosnam

Peter Waterfield, Born in Walthamstow

Me and Mr. Johnson

Me and Mr. Johnson is the fifteenth solo studio album recorded by Eric Clapton consisting of covers of songs written and originally recorded by Robert Johnson. Released in March 2004 by Reprise Records, with the cover painted by Sir Peter Blake, using a series of photographs of Clapton. Clapton had planned to record an album of new material, but by the time of the recording sessions there were not enough new songs written, so the band instead recorded a series of Johnson songs. Me and Mr. Johnson sold more than two million albums worldwide and reached the Top 10 in more than 15 countries. A companion album and video release entitled Sessions for Robert J was released on December 7, 2004, and featured different versions of each of the songs from the studio album.

Ophelia (painting)

Ophelia is a painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais, completed in 1851 and 1852 and in the collection of Tate Britain in London. It depicts Ophelia, a character from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing before she drowns in a river in Denmark.

The work encountered a mixed response when first exhibited at the Royal Academy, but has since come to be admired as one of the most important works of the mid-nineteenth century for its beauty, its accurate depiction of a natural landscape, and its influence on artists from John William Waterhouse and Salvador Dalí to Peter Blake (artist) and Ed Ruscha.

Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da

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Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da debuted at number No. 10 in the UK Albums Chart on 4 November 2012, becoming Madness' seventh studio album out of ten to reach the top 10 in the UK. It received favourable reviews in Q, Mojo, The Arts Desk and London evening newspaper Evening Standard amongst others, the notable exception being a poor review in the NME.

Peter Blake

Peter Blake may refer to:

Peter Blake (actor) (1948–2018), Scottish-born actor

Peter Blake (artist) (born 1932), British pop artist

Peter Blake (cricketer) (1927–2011), English cricketer

Peter Blake (sailor) (1948–2001), New Zealand yachtsman

Peter Blake (writer), co-executive producer of the television series House

Peter Blake (Days of Our Lives), a character in the American soap opera Days of Our Lives

Peter A. Blake (born 1957), American public administrator

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. It was lauded by critics for its innovations in production, songwriting and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for providing a musical representation of its generation and the contemporary counterculture. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

In August 1966, the Beatles permanently retired from touring and began a three-month holiday. During a return flight to London in November, Paul McCartney had an idea for a song involving an Edwardian military band that formed the impetus of the Sgt. Pepper concept. Sessions began on 24 November at EMI's Abbey Road Studios with two compositions inspired by the Beatles' youth, "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane", but after pressure from EMI, the songs were released as a double A-side single and not included on the album.

In February 1967, after recording the title track "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", McCartney suggested that the Beatles should release an entire album representing a performance by the fictional Sgt. Pepper band. This alter ego group would give them the freedom to experiment musically. During the recording sessions, the band furthered the technological progression they had made with their 1966 album Revolver. Knowing they would not have to perform the tracks live, they adopted an experimental approach to composition and recording on songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and "A Day in the Life". Producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick helped realise the group's ideas by approaching the studio as an instrument, applying orchestral overdubs, sound effects and other methods of tape manipulation. Recording was completed on 21 April 1967. The cover, depicting the Beatles posing in front of a tableau of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by the British pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Sgt. Pepper is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the use of extended form in popular music while continuing the artistic maturation seen on the Beatles' preceding releases. It is described as one of the first art rock LPs, aiding the development of progressive rock, and is credited with marking the beginning of the album era. An important work of British psychedelia, the album incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music. In 2003, the Library of Congress placed Sgt. Pepper in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". That year, Rolling Stone ranked it number one in its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". As of 2011, it has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums. Professor Kevin Dettmar, writing in The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, described it as "the most important and influential rock-and-roll album ever recorded".

Stanley Road

Stanley Road is the third solo album by Paul Weller, released by Go! Discs in 1995. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted it the 46th greatest album of all time. The album took its name from the street in Woking where Weller grew up. Weller claimed on a BBC special that he hopes he can one day create an album as perfect as this one, stating that all the stars were aligned during the writing and recording period of Stanley Road. The song "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" was featured in the season ending montage of The Wire's fourth season finale, Final Grades.

In 2005, a three-disc 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album was released. The expanded edition included demos, live and BBC session recordings and a DVD documentary directed by Simon Halfon which featured interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.

Stop the Clocks

Stop the Clocks is a compilation album by the English rock band Oasis, released on 20 November 2006. The "retrospective collection" is an 18-track double album with the featured songs chosen by Noel Gallagher; however, it does not actually include their song "Stop the Clocks" after which the album is named. It went 5× Platinum in the United Kingdom, with sales better than any Oasis release since Be Here Now.

Sweet Child

Sweet Child was a 1968 double album by the British folk-rock band Pentangle: Terry Cox, Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson.

Walthamstow

Walthamstow ( or ) is a major district in East London and is part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is located 7.5 miles (12.1 km) northeast from Charing Cross. Historically in the county of Essex, it significantly increased in population as part of the suburban growth of London and was incorporated as the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow in 1929 before becoming part of Greater London in 1965. Walthamstow is situated between the North Circular Road to the north, the Lea Valley and Walthamstow Reservoirs to the west, and Epping Forest to the east.

Walthamstow College of Art

Walthamstow College of Art was an art school based in Walthamstow, north-east London.

It was a predecessor institution of what is now the University of East London (UEL).UEL’s School of Architecture and the Visual Arts, is based at its Docklands Campus.

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