By Brian Southall, Peter Vince and Allan Rouse
Abbey Road is the true story of the world's most famous recording studio. Rich in historical detail and packed with facts, it evokes memories of all who have recorded there – from Elgar to The Beatles, from Cliff Richard to Pink Floyd, from Sting to Oasis.
What lies behind the modest front door of the white building at No 3 Abbey Road in London's residential St John's Wood has been a source of wonder and excitement since the day it was first transformed and opened by Sir Edward Elgar in 1931.
Thirty years later, when four young musicians from Liverpool stepped tentatively across the threshold for their first meeting with EMI A&R man George Martin, the studio were set to become the site for pop music's greatest ever creative streak. The Beatles final album, Abbey Road, turned the studios into a household name, and they remain a shrine to John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Today the magic of Abbey Road is as strong as ever. The studios are filled with the music of today, while the walls are covered with tributes to the music of yesterday.
First published in 1981 this latest updated edition of Abbey Road contains new chapters and many previously unseen pictures. The doors of Abbey Road, the studio of the stars, are now open to all.
Includes a foreword by Paul McCartney and a preface by George Martin.
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