1 hr 22 min

We'd Love to Turn You On: 'Sgt. Pepper' and the Beatles Weird Studies

    • Arts

It is said that for several days after the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the spring of 1967, you could have driven from one U.S. coast to the other without ever going out of range of a local radio broadcast of the album. Sgt. Pepper was, in a sense, the first global musical event -- comparable to other sixties game-changers such as the Kennedy assassination and the moon landing. What's more, this event is as every bit as strange as the latter two; it is only custom and habit that blind us to the profound weirdness of Sgt. Pepper. In this episode, Phil and JF reimagine the Beatles' masterpiece as an egregore, a magical operation that changes future and past alike, and a spiritual machine for "turning us on" to the invisible background against which we strut and fret our hours on the stage.


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REFERENCES


Weird Studies, Episode 31 on Glenn Gould’s ‘Prospects of Recording’
Nelson Goodman, Languages of Art
Brian Eno, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Weird Studies, Episode 33 On Duchamp’s Fountain
Emmanuel Carrère, La Moustache
Rob Reiner, This is Spinal Tap
Richard Lester, A Hard Day's Night
Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2
James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games
Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, What is Philosophy?
Arthur Machen, “A Fragment of Life”
David Lynch, Lost Highway
Zhuangzi (Butterfly dream)
Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head

It is said that for several days after the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the spring of 1967, you could have driven from one U.S. coast to the other without ever going out of range of a local radio broadcast of the album. Sgt. Pepper was, in a sense, the first global musical event -- comparable to other sixties game-changers such as the Kennedy assassination and the moon landing. What's more, this event is as every bit as strange as the latter two; it is only custom and habit that blind us to the profound weirdness of Sgt. Pepper. In this episode, Phil and JF reimagine the Beatles' masterpiece as an egregore, a magical operation that changes future and past alike, and a spiritual machine for "turning us on" to the invisible background against which we strut and fret our hours on the stage.


Support us on Patreon:
Find us on Discord
Get your Weird Studies merchandise (t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.)
Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
Buy the Weird Studies soundtrack


REFERENCES


Weird Studies, Episode 31 on Glenn Gould’s ‘Prospects of Recording’
Nelson Goodman, Languages of Art
Brian Eno, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Weird Studies, Episode 33 On Duchamp’s Fountain
Emmanuel Carrère, La Moustache
Rob Reiner, This is Spinal Tap
Richard Lester, A Hard Day's Night
Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2
James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games
Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, What is Philosophy?
Arthur Machen, “A Fragment of Life”
David Lynch, Lost Highway
Zhuangzi (Butterfly dream)
Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head

1 hr 22 min

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