Long a site of pilgrimage for Beatles fans, the 80-year-old Abbey Road Studios in London hosted recording sessions for the Liverpudlian band throughout the 1960s but is also associated with Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and Oasis.
Celebrating its most famous musical partnership during this anniversary year, the venue’s hallowed Studio Two – where numerous Beatles tracks were created – is open on select dates throughout March for the talk ’80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios’. The series of public presentations delves into the site’s history and gives visitors the opportunity to view rare and unseen photographs, films and recordings, and to see the instruments and equipment used to create a number of songs now regarded as modern classics.
The events are led by Brian Kehew https://www.abbeyroad.com/and Kevin Ryan, who together have spent over 20 years researching EMI history and who have authored the book Recording the Beatles. Although the famous quartet will form a focus for the presentations, visitors will also learn about the history of the studios and will get to see rarely displayed archived media documenting some of the most significant moments of the studio’s past. The space is still a working studio today, and has recently been used by artists such as Elbow, Ryan Adams and Lady Gaga.