Note to Beatle-holics: If you'll be in March either this Friday, or the end of the month, you may want to dig deep into your pockets or check the credit limit on your credit cards and splurge on this one. Abbey Road Studios will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a series of talks by noted musical historians that can be attended by the public - for a wee bit of money.
On the 9th, 23rd, 24th and 25th March, Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the critically-acclaimed, definitive book Recording the Beatles will give an insightful and highly-enjoyable presentation in Studio Two. The lecture will be specifically created for this anniversary event.
Recording The Beatles has won huge praise from Abbey Road Studios alumni including Alan Parsons, Norman Smith, Ken Townsend and John Kurlander, whose collective engineering/production CVs include The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Kehew and Ryan’s ‘80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios’ talk will explore the studios’ decades of landmark recordings. Original vintage equipment will also be on display - including some of the very instruments, microphones, and studio hardware used to create classic tracks.
You will be able to explore and take photographs in Studio Two, where seminal acts like The Beatles, Oasis, The Hollies, The Shadows, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush recorded.
The website makes note that this event does not include a tour of Abbey Road Studios. So I guess you're limited to Studio Two on this one.
Price for this event: 75 pounds.
If that's too dear for you, or if you're not going to be in London during those days, you can always check out the webcam that keeps an eye out on the famous zebra crossing outside the studios.