ABBEY ROAD BY Brian Southall, Peter Vince & Allan Rouse

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Abbey Road

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.

If you’re interested in the Beatles, we also recommend: The Beatles: The Band that Changed the World by Terry Burrows and The Complete Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey


Rock and Metal. Originating from Rock N Roll, Rock is a broad genre that draws on blues, rhythm and blues and folk and has spawned most subculture music genres on the 20th and 21st century. Often with a political or social message, Rock music might have become widespread, but it has given and continues to give expression to youth opposition to societal norms.

With its origins in blues rock, psychedelic rock and acid rock the late 1960s and early 1970s saw the birth of the legendary Metal bands including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and later in the 1970s Iron Maiden and Motorhead joined the pack. The Plasmatics fused metal and punk with Wendy O going on to perform a duet with Lemmy.

We offer Lemmy’s autobiography White Line Fever, Black Sabbath-Symptom of the Universe along with Defender of the Faith a study by Peter Beste of Heavy Metal, one of the most fervent in the history of subculture. Other titles include The Beatles: The Band that Changed the World, Just Kids by Patti Smith and Marc Bolan: Beautiful Dreamer.

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