When you’re as a prolific song writer as John Lennon, at times you’ll have to get inspiration from sources that don’t include: World peace, relationships or life as a walrus. Inspiration for “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” off Sgt. Pepper actually came from a random poster. This is the story of one dedicated fan’s attempt to painstakingly recreate that famous poster. (Hint: It wasn’t as easy as grabbing a few Sharpies.)

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