Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Beatles fans celebrate 50th anniversary or Abbey Road photo

Beatles fans celebrate 50th anniversary or Abbey Road photo

Staff at the studio later tweeted: "If you're planning on coming to the zebra crossing today and the queues are too long, step inside the Abbey Road vehicle park for one day only and take your photo with the original Beatles' 1969 image!"

Less than a year after Abbey Road was released, rock music's best-selling band had split up, ending a decade-long musical revolution that transformed popular music.

Photographer Iain Macmillan snapped six shots of the band walking over the road's black and white stripes, and the fifth was selected as the cover shot for Abbey Road, the Beatles' penultimate studio album.

"Everyone in Liverpool is a firm fan of the Beatles and captivated by their story and how they started off as local boys messing around with guitars and music, and became global idols", she said.

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And perhaps, deep down, that's the reason why thousands of fans, including Beatles impersonators and musicians, gathered at the zebra-striped crosswalk on Abbey Road earlier today to take photos, perform songs and reminisce about all things Beatles.

That foreword is part of a 100-page book that also includes Giles Martin's introduction, chapters written by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett and music journalist David Hepworth, handwritten lyrics and scores, and rare and previously unpublished photographs.

"Martin and Ozell worked on the new Abbey Road mixes with Abbey Road's expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists". A series of special anniversary reissue packages will see release September 27 through Apple Corps Ltd./ Capitol/ UMe. There's also a studio demo of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" that is interrupted by neighbors who complain about the racket the band is making.

A trivia note: "Abbey Road" was nearly titled "Everest", because the band's engineer, Geoff Emerick, smoked that brand of cigarettes, according to an MacDonald's book "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties".

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