The Sgt Pepper TV
Here’s a tidbit I discovered, which is not going to be part of this week-end’s Sgt Pepper exhibition, but which I wanted to share. Remember the tiny portable TV on the Sgt Pepper cover?
It’s a Sony. It was John’s nine inch portable TV, which he brought to the photo session from his home in Weybridge. Sony enthusiasts have identified it as a Sony portable TV9-306UB, which was pretty advanced for the 1960’s. Lennon was a bit of a gadget freak, although unfortunately this didn’t manifest itself in his home studio equipment.
The TV was later sold, along with lots of other stuff from Lennon’s house in Weybridge, and it ended up on a shelf in the “Hard Rock Café” warehouse. It was discovered there by a couple of Beatles fans, and Hard Rock Café had only labeled it as a TV that had once belonged to John Lennon, they were unaware that it was, in fact, part of the most famous LP cover in history.
One other thing I discovered, was that Oxford Dictionary of National Biography had made this wonderful web page, where you can hold your mouse-pointer over each of the elements on the Pepper cover to identify what’s under. And if you click the mouse-button, you get the story behind. Clever!