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Monday, August 20, 2012

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Mad Men, Part II

Two months late with this one, but after focusing on it in late June, I dropped it as the summer progressed. In May, I wrote about a series of posts by Emily Viviani, arguing that the recent season of Mad Men lyrically, thematically, and structurally used Sgt. Pepper's as a template.

In June, Emily wrote the final piece on the last three episodes of the season. I think the lyrical connections are a stretch. But I was particularly intrigued at the way season's penultimate episode functions as a mirror-image of the premiere--like the version of the song "SPLHCB" that opens the album and the reprise that is the penultimate song.

It is thought-provoking, if nothing else.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on August 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM in Culture, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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