No sooner did we mention the fact that record-company giant EMI is reacting to several quarters of low returns by putting the legendary Abbey Road Studios on the market than a group of interested parties left a notice about a grassroots effort to buy and preserve the place where most of the Beatles’ catalog and dozens of other genre-changing albums were recorded. You can even get in on the fun by donating via Paypal. You’ll have some pretty high-level competition though. In addition to England’s National Trust—which already owns the childhood homes of Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon—forwarding a plan for purchasing the music Mecca, Broadway and West-End composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber has expressed interest as well. Seems we might be headed to a bidding war on this unique piece of sonic history.
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Visit Abbey Road Studios
3 Abbey Road
St John’s Wood, London, England
Image (left to right): Abbey Road Studios interior, 1960s, courtesy of Arnold Matthews, Abbey Road Studios exterior today, courtesy of Abbey Road Studios
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