One man recreates the poster that inspired John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper classic

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Some people have a mission in life, and this man’s mission was to recreate a poster that inspired one of the key songs in one of the most revolutionary records ever released. The story goes that John Lennon purchased an old circus poster in an antiques shop that inspired, pretty much word for word, the lyrics to Being for the benefit of Mr.Kite by The Beatles. Peter Dean, a big fan of the band, then spent a lot of time, money, blood, sweat and tears to recreate this poster from scratch with the help of a typesetter and woodblock carver. What a story! Luckily, filmmakers Nick Esdaile and Joe Fellows were on hand to docuemnt the whole process. Extraordinary.

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.