Keith Richards calls The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s…’ album ‘a mishmash of rubbish’

Guitarist compares the album to Rolling Stones' LP 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'

The Rolling StonesKeith Richards has labelled The Beatles‘s ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, widely regarded as a classic album, as “rubbish”.

Richards, who releases his first solo album in 23 years in September, recently spoke to Esquire, where he described the Stones’ height of fame during the mid-’60s, comparing the consequences to the effect success had on the Fab Four.

“A whole roomful of chicks yelling at you is not so shabby,” Richards said. “Because the year before, nobody would look at you. But they talk about us – The Beatles, those chicks wore those guys out. They stopped touring in 1966 – they were done already. They were ready to go to India and shit.”


Responding to suggestions that his band’s music may have lasted the test of time better than that of The Beatles, Richards added: “The Beatles sounded great when they were The Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you’re The Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away – you forget what it is you wanted to do.”

He continued: “You’re starting to do ‘Sgt Pepper’s…’. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like [Rolling Stones album] ‘…Satanic Majesties…’. If you can make a load of shit, so can we.”


Richards recently shared a clip for his new solo single ‘Trouble’. ‘Trouble’ is taken from ‘Crosseyed Heart’, Richards’ first solo album in 23 years. The 15-track effort will be released on September 18, and is the belated follow-up to 1992’s ‘Main Offender’.

The record will feature contributions from The Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died in December 2014. A press release states that the record was inspired by reggae, rock, country and the blues.

“I had a ball making this new record and working with [drummer] Steve Jordan and [guitarist] Waddy Wachtel again,” Richards said in a recent statement. “There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end.”