Save Abbey Road!

17 Feb

Abbey Road Studios is a recording studio located at Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London, England. It was established in November 1931 by a predecessor of British music company EMI, its present owner. Well EMI has been struggling a bit with money:

EMI recently revealed that it needs to raise more than £100m ($157.9 million) from investors to prevent it from breaching its banking arrangements with US lending giant Citigroup.

Wow. That is a lot of money to make up. EMI hopes to sell Abbey Road Studios and get roughly $47 million of that back. However, earlier this month, the record company also reported a pre-tax loss of $2.7 billion for the year to March 31, 2009. That is so much money lost!

Well, as you probably know, Abbey Road is most famous for The Beatles and their recordings there. Not only did they have an album named after it, but recorded ALL their albums and singles from 1962-1970. It was the Beatles who broke with tradition, changing recording techniques and forever changing the boundaries of what was considered popular music. Innovating with flanging, backwards recording, automatic double tracking, and controlled feedback, the Beatles utilised Abbey Road studios to full effect.

Not only did The Beatles record here, but a little band you might of heard of – Pink Floyd, from the 1960’s through the ’70’s. The list goes on and on.

After the jump, HOPE?!

But wait, there could be hope! Sir Paul McCartney told the Newsnight program some people associated with the studio may be “mounting some bid to save it.”

“There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it…I sympathise with them. I hope they can do something, it’d be great. I’ve got so many memories there with the Beatles.”

Sir Paul surely has enough money to save Abbey Road. So I assume when he says a “few people,” it’s just him and his bank accounts.

Abbey Road has held a long list of live performances also in their studios. Some of which are amazing. My two favorite in the past couple years have been Muse and The Killers. There has been way too much history here for them to just get rid of it. I really hope Sir Paul buys it and either makes it into a museum, or allows artists to still record there and perform live.

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