This past week the cash strapped EMI Group Ltd. who owns these studios were looking to sell this historic building. The idea has been shelved for now after the music industry and fans alike were in an uproar after finding the news out.
The building has been a music recording studio since the early 1900's and has produced many significant artists and albums over the years. It would be a shame if this building was sold and turned into something other than a music studio. I can see the future of the building as a working museum. I think it should be partially funded by the UK, the city of London, the music industry and whoever else has been made profitable by its use.
Mojo magazine recently featured a partial video list of musicians who recorded there over the years. Some of these musicians include classical composer, Elgar with the London Symphony Orchestra, Cliff Richard and the birth of rock and roll, of course, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things and Roy Harper.
Enjoy this video recording of one of the more important musical gatherings ever produced within those walls.
It is still being used as a recording studio and I believe should continue to offer that to the up and coming musician. It should be restored to last for many generations so they may visit and feel the musical energy that was created within those walls.
I toured the old Sun Records in Memphis a couple of years ago and they did it right. It is still being used for making music and they hold many tours a week and sell a ton of collectibles and other products in the store there. That is how I envision the future Abbey Road Studio. They should maybe even consider closing the road and preserving the famous crosswalk.
Let me know what your thoughts are.