The famous Abbey Road Studios turned 90 years old on 12th November, the best known and revered recording studio in the world will celebrate a milestone birthday – and what a 90 years of music it has been!
As part of their anniversary celebrations, the studio opened its doors to allow visitors an exclusive glimpse into the quintessential music recording experience and the chance to enjoy a series of lectures about how the world’s first purpose-built recording studio came to be and how it has transformed since its inception.
Well, how could we stay away? A location with an incredible legacy of innovative music, Abbey Road Studios is usually closed to the public, so we were truly fortunate to visit for this rare chance to explore within the ‘hallowed walls’ of true music recording history.
The lectures took place in Studio Two (which we entered with stars in our eyes!), which has played host to some true musical heroes, from The Beatles (the pianos used by them are still there and used to this day) to Oasis, Kate Bush to Adele, and so many more – so this exclusive chance to explore the past, present and future of what is widely considered to be the world’s most iconic recording studio was a true thrill.
The lectures themselves were delivered by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew; as well as themselves being musicians and producers, their book “Recording the Beatles” charts the studio techniques and equipment used to create The Beatles’ classic albums as well as uncovering fascinating stories about the studio’s legacy. Sharing these anecdotes, alongside some fabulous, rare video footage and audio clips, as part of their lecture had us on the edge of our seats – what an amazing window into an absolute staple of music history.
We took so many photos as you might expect(!) – here is just a handful of our favourites…
During our visit in the summer of ’21 we had a chance to explore the enormous Studio One, which is frequently used for recording film soundtracks – just a handful of the soundtrack recorded here include Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
Thank you again, so much, to everyone at Abbey Road Studios for having us and opening your doors so we could peek and marvel at such an integral piece of musical history. It was an extremely informative, eye-opening experience about the property and EMI.
Wishing you a very Happy 90th ‘Abbey-versary’, from all of us here at Home Media! Here’s to the next 90 years of fantastic music…