Keith Richards: The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Was Rubbish

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandClearly, Keith Richards is at an age where he doesn’t pull punches anymore. In a lengthy interview with Esquire magazine, the Rolling Stone says The Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is “a mishmash of rubbish.”

Of course, that same year, the Rolling Stones answered the Beatles’ with the equally psychedelic Their Satanic Majesties Request, which Richards also dismisses, saying that both bands went too far afield from their roots.

The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request"There's not a lot of roots in that music (Sgt. Pepper’s). I think they got carried away,” Richards told Esquire. “Why not? If you're the Beatles in the '60s, you just get carried away -- you forget what it is you wanted to do. You're starting to do Sgt. Pepper.

"Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties," he said.


Watch The Stones’ 1967 Promo video for “We Love You” from Their Satanic Majesties Request:

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