Click here to hear my conversation with Neil Diamond just before the holidays, discussing his career, his engagement, and his tour, coming to the Q July 1st.
John Lennon was inspired to write "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) by a 19th century circus poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal, Rochdale, that he purchased in an antique shop on January 31, 1967, while filming the promotional video for "Strawberry Fields Forever" in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Lennon said that "Everything from the song is from that poster, except the horse wasn't called Henry"; the poster identifies the horse as "Zanthus". Mr. Kite is believed to be William Kite, who worked for Pablo Fanque from 1843 to 1845.
Lennon's Poster is a short film following the recreation of the Pablo Fanque circus poster that inspired John Lennon to write 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite' for the Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
Using the traditional methods of wood engraving and letterpress printing, Peter Dean and his team of experts bring to life Lennon's poster.
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