Keith Richards declares 'Sgt. Pepper's' Was Rubbish'

The iconic Rolling Stones member blasts the Beatles magnum LP in an interview with Esquire.

Jimmy Coultas

Date published: 5th Aug 2015

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The rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones was legendary, arguably the first and biggest face off in pop music history. And it seems it isn't ready to abate yet with typically controversial comments from the latter's legendary caner Keith Richards who let off some thoughts about Merseyside's finest in an interview with Esquire.

He suggested in tongue in cheek fashion that perhaps the legions of females both groups attracted tired out the Liverpudlians, but his most mirthful words were reserved for the 1967 release from the Fab Four:

"The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you're the Beatles in the Sixties, 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 – 'Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'"

Read the interview.

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