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Documentary about London’s Abbey Road Studios from the perspective of Paul McCartney’s daughter

Abbey Road Studios became famous because of this photo (Kraft Angerer / Getty)

The rich history of London’s Abbey Road Studios, where the band “The Beatles“Most of her songs are the focus of a documentary that she provides”Disney PlusAs of Friday, it has been directed by Mary McCartney, daughter of the band’s star Paul McCartney.

The studios, located in the affluent residential neighborhood of St John’s Wood, in north-west London, became famous after the band’s 1969 album “Abbe Road”, which featured a world-famous photo on the cover of the four band members, including McCartney, walking down a designated corridor. Pedestrianized off Abbey Road Studios, on the street of the same name.

“I have a personal connection to these studios,” Mary McCartney said.

Since then, the place has been attracting fans of the band from all over the world, who seek to take the same photo on the footpath. The corridor was included on the List of Historic England Monuments in 2010.

“A lot of people come to Abbey Road to see the pedestrian crossing, but they don’t go into the studios because it’s still a place for a lot of work… With this documentary, I wanted to take them inside,” the 53-year-old director and cameraman noted.

The Beatles are, of course, a central element in this one-and-a-half-hour documentary, titled If These Walls Could Sing, made up of interviews with artists and archival footage.

This documentary comes more than a year after another documentary series about the most famous band in history, titled “The Beatles: Get Back”, which was shown by “Disney Plus” at the end of 2021, directed by Peter Jackson.

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Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, recounted during the documentary that the Abbey Road studios became a “hideout” for the band when they stopped concerts in 1966, because the pressure from their fans was too strong.

Although the “Beatles” recorded 190 of their 210 songs on Abbey Road, and thus printed these studios, Mary McCartney wanted to cover “every other side.”

The documentary mentions, for example, that the studios have reached 90 years, as they were established in 1931 by the EMI Music Production Company in a large house dating back to the nineteenth century, and the latest technology was available at the time, and it was initially devoted to classical music.

The composer and conductor Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was the first to use it, and it was later followed by a number of prominent classical musicians, such as the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987). However, the name of the studios was closely associated with pop and rock music.

The documentary includes testimonies of a number of stars, including, in addition to Paul McCartney, the other “Beatle” member who is still alive, Ringo Starr, and others. Elton John Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, film composer John Williams, guitarist Nile Rodgers, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Roger Waters and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and young singer Celeste.

Mary McCartney explained that “each one tells a different story, different sides”, complementing the other. Emphasizing the “magic” of the place.