Help NME celebrate ‘Sgt Pepper’s birthday

On the 40th anniversary of the album's release, we want your thoughts

The Beatles‘ album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is 40 years old tomorrow (June 1) – and to celebrate the occasion, we want your thoughts on arguably the most famous album of all time.

The LP was revered on its’ 1967 release, both a critical and popular sensation. It was seen as innovative in every possible sense, from the recording techniques to the astonishing cover. Designed by Peter Blake, it featured the band themselves surrounded by cardboard cut-outs of famous people chosen by the band.

And, of course, the album contained many of The Beatles’ most popular and enduring songs – ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, ‘She’s Leaving Home’ and, arguably the band’s finest composition, ‘A Day In The Life’.

But although it’s undoubtedly The Beatles’ most famous and well-known work, it’s not necessarily seen as the best. In recent years, ‘Revolver’, ‘Rubber Soul’, ‘The Beatles’ (aka ‘The White Album’) and ‘Abbey Road’ have grown in stature, while ‘…Pepper’, while acknowledged as a landmark, has fallen from favour critically.

So what do YOU think? What are your views on ‘Sgt Pepper’? Do you think it deserves its’ lofty status, or is it grossly overrated? And are any of you old enough to remember when it came out and the impact it had? And do any of you have any ‘…Pepper’– related stories?

Send us your comments to with Pepper as the subject and we’ll publish the best.

Click here to see our special ‘Sgt. Pepper’ photo gallery.