10 years ago: Salon asks “Why is ‘Sgt. Pepper’ so overhyped?” on the album’s 40th

June 1 marked 40 years since the release of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In the time since the album’s debut, “Sgt. Pepper” has become one of rock’s most sacred objects, winning almost universal plaudits as a generation-defining and influential work of brilliance. But does it deserve it the hype?

Having not listened to the album in years, I thought I’d give it a spin and see if “Sgt. Pepper” holds up as an indisputable masterpiece or, just...

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