Choreographer Mark Morris, artists Jeremy Deller and Judy Chicago, DJ Spooky and cabaret performer Meow Meow are among those participating in "Sgt. Pepper at 50," a celebration in Liverpool, England, in May and June of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison grew up in Liverpool, and Beatles-related tourism brings in around $100 million a year.

"We didn't just want to do a pop concert on the pier," said Claire McColgan, the director of Culture Liverpool, the cultural arm of the City Council. Thirteen works will represent the 13 tracks on the album.

Morris will open the festival with an hourlong work, "Pepperland," using the opening title track.

Morris said that the album set a radical new direction for popular music. "This amazing album was abundant with new musical ideas; a new kind of studio-born performance; a never-before-heard confluence of music world conventions; a witty, sad, surprising and moving musical trip."

Other creative pairings include Deller creating two public art commissions inspired by "A Little Help From My Friends"; a giant mural by Chicago on the themes of "Fixing a Hole"; DJ Spooky's installation and performance piece for "Getting Better"; 13 poets writing about "When I'm Sixty-Four"; a procession devised by Meow Meow, involving traffic wardens and a brass band, to "Lovely Rita," and a Ragafest in a tribute to Harrison's "Within You Without You."

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