'Pop/Art' is a series of works in different media inspired the cover art of the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper. The albums cover art was designed 50 years ago by Peter Blake.
This video shows an art installation and sound piece by David Dunnico is called 'Cover Version'.
It consists of a portable record player, record carrying case and a 7" 45rpm vinyl single called
'A Hard Day In the Life'.
The record features the first chord from 'A Hard Days Night' and the last chord from 'A Day in the Life' by The Beatles played simultaneously. These are arguably the most famous opening chord and closing chord in pop history – and both have been the subject of scholarly debate and musical anecdote for half a century.
The 'B' side of the record contains the same two chords, but played backwards – a technique used by the Beatles, which lead to accusations and conspiracy theories of trying to control the minds of fans.
The video lasts 3 minutes and 15 seconds – the perfect length of a pop song.
It is the second finished piece ('Side Two') in 'Pop/Art' – the first was a 7" (single record sized) one-off book, written by Dunnico, that recounts the story of Sgt. Pepper's cover design and looks at its place in the history of pop art. You can download a pdf copy at:
Blog at: daviddunnico.wordpress.com