It has become ubiquitous at this point, but 2016 was a rough year. It really began with the death of Lemmy Kilmister in late 2015 and from there the bad news kept coming, from Bowie, Prince, Hag and Phife, to Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russel and Sharon Jones. That’s just naming a few. We won’t even go into politics. But as is the nature of life: from death comes beauty.
One artist decided to capture that beauty by paying homage to 40 legends we lost in 2016 by reimagining The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Peppers cover with the beautiful faces of our fallen friends. The artist known as Christhebarker gave the coveted Beatles spots to Gene Wilder, Lemmy, Prince and Bowie. Ironically, Ali occupies the position that Sonny Liston held on the original Beatles cover. Leon Russel, Alan Rickman, Sharon Jones, Gary Shandling, and Leonard Cohen also grace the cover among others. There were, however, some glaring omissions, most notably Phife Dawg and Merle Haggard. But hey, The Beatles left off Jesus and Gandhi.
You can check out Christhebarker's original tweet below.