Review: Abbey Road – Best Studio in the World

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Celebrating the 80th year of the iconic British studio at the heart of the music industry, Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World is an incredible documentation of cultural history for anyone who values music and how it’s made.

From the days when the staff wore white lab coats, through the rock ‘n’ roll years to today’s big stars, Abbey Road’s illustrious history is brought to life in this weighty tome for everyone who has ever wondered what goes on behind the graffiti-covered walls.

Written by freelance music journalist Alistair Lawrence, with a foreword by Sir Paul McCartney and a preface by Sir George Martin, it is the first proper photographic celebration of the famous Abbey Road studio and a must-have for all music lovers.

‘This is the story of the greatest studio in the world,’ says Martin. ‘It was my nursery along with so many brilliant stars who created their work there. It is a terrific story, well told and, even though I know most if it, I still find it captivating.’

The hardback features interviews with key figures and a wealth of rare and never-before-seen photos collected from the studio’s own private archive, and it provides a fascinating insight into the creative home of artists such as Kate Bush, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Today, Abbey Road remains one of the world’s most technically advanced recording, mixing and mastering facilities, with its unique blend of vintage equipment and cutting-edge technology.

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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World is published by Bloomsbury on 19 July 2012.

Words: Laura-Jane Ryves

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