Monday, 5 June 2017

Peering behind the Temple Doors

Whilst watching a fascinating Beatles documentary this Saturday, (Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution: BBC2, 03/06/17) I was treated to perhaps the clearest image yet of our old friend from the RAOB, or Legionnaire from the order of the Buffaloes to give him his correct Sgt. Pepper title.

1197 - the number of the beast?
The image appears to be from a behind-the-scenes look at the Sgt. Pepper photo shoot - but is not an image I have seen before.

Traditionally we are used to seeing this mysterious dude popping up from behind the (Shirley) Temple (Diana) Do(o)rs. 

His appearance is somewhat of a mystery and may be a tribute to John Lennon's Uncle Charlie who was apparently a member.

However, the mystery man may also be displaying a masonic apron and the latest picture reveals that his fez displays the number 1197. I am not aware of an RAOB Lodge No: 1197, but there is a Masonic Lodge, Nyanza Lodge No 1197, based in Somerset. Could this be relevant?

Alternatively, the mirrored drum-skin bears the legend 1 ONE IX HE DIE (1 1 9 He Die) clue. Could this be connected?

Ultimately, I know not what this all means. But, I saw it, grabbed a screenshot of it, and now I hope someone may be able to provide a coherent answer.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dead men tell no tales

Is it a coincidence or simple synchronicity that Paul McCartney’s appearance as a pirate in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie should be slated for release in the UK on the self-same day that Apple Corps release the 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

Possibly not, methinks, as I believe that there has always been a hidden buccaneer element to all things Pepper.

McCartney, according to IMDB, appears as Jail Guard 2 and adorns a promotional poster in full privateer pomp with a hand of cards held conspiratorially close to his chest. The Dead Man’s Hand one assumes as, as the poster says, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Billy Bones?

Could this be confirmation that on this propitious date the truth about Sgt. Pepper and its attendant ‘Treasure Island’ coded clues will be revealed?

Possibly, is the best and only truthful answer I can supply, however, it does provide a very neat excuse for me to promote me old tome, The Sgt. Pepper Code, once again, especially as it has been revised in anticipation of the album’s fiftieth anniversary. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Upcoming Pepper Movie

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…Sgt Pepper And Beyond, is a forthcoming documentary movie to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper.

According to the blurb it will '...will journey through various solo projects to the release of Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, touching on flower power, John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono, LSD, meditation, Jimi Hendrix, the death of Brian Epstein, Abbey Road Studios and the Magical Mystery Tour.'

It sounds fascinating and, hopefully, may get to the truth of exactly what date John met Yoko at the Indica Gallery and why it was so important that it coincided with a time when the 'avant-garde Beatle', Paul McCartney, was conveniently out of the country. We can but hope!

More details here