Peter Blake shows off his arts club in music image display

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The iconic Beatles album cover for Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be a star attraction in an exhibition of images from the music industry this summer.

The show will document album covers and posters designed by Sir Peter Blake, a founding father of the Pop Art movement who created the Sgt Pepper cover in 1967, which was duplicated with modern stars of Liverpool this year.

Sir Peter, 71, who paved the way for Brit Artists such as Damien Hirst, conceived the Sgt Pepper cover with the Beatles.

The collage of life-size, cardboard cut-outs on the cover, which include the images of Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, were intended to be a mythic collection of the group's fans.

"The idea was exploring how fantastic if would be if you could choose what kind of people you had in your fan club," Sir Peter said yesterday.

The show, Commercial Art, starts on Monday at the London Institute Gallery in Mayfair, London, featuring Sir Peter's work from 1960 until the present.

As well as the Beatles, there will be album covers for The Who, Paul Weller and Robbie Williams.