This is a reproduction of the original 1843 circus poster that inspired John Lennon to write the song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, which appeared on The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Lennon bought the poster in an antiques shop and hung it in his music room. While writing for Sgt. Pepper one day, he drew inspiration from the quirky, old-fashioned language and set the words to music.

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  1. Bev

    Timing with seeing this. For xmas eve me and my daughter watched the train wreck that is the Bee Gees/Frampton movie of Sgt Peppers LOL Will have to show her this in the morning! I’d bought the dvd, out of seeing it on tv a lot as a kid, and just remembering how weird it was, so needed to see it again! She was mesmerised by inanity of it LOL It has it’s moments, mainly near the end with EW&F and some of the supporting bands. But this song I told her, was probably the only one the Bee Gees really managed to pull off decently! And we discussed why it ‘was on trampoline’…I have a reason for her now! Wahey!

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  2. Peter

    Highly recommend a fascinating short film on Vimeo entitled Lennon’s Poster. If you liked this capsule, you’ll appreciate that film.

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