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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wot no zebra?

As you may know EMI has plans to sell off the "iconic" Abbey Road studio.

According to the National Trust

On hearing of EMI's plan, listeners to the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 and to BBC Radio Five live contacted the programmes to urge us to take on the property made famous by the Beatles' Abbey Road album. A possible role for the Trust was suggested on the radio when presenter Chris Evans and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney both raised the prospect of support from the National Trust. Their proposition triggered an immediate reaction from listeners, with many emailing support for the idea. The public have also been adding their voice on Twitter.

Now the studio could have a value of anything between 10 and 30 million pounds.

It's not often that the public spontaneously suggests that we should acquire a famous building”,

said a National Trust spokesman

However, Abbey Road recording studios appear to be very dear to the nation’s heart - to the extent that we will take soundings as to whether a campaign is desirable or even feasible.

Uh I have to ask why? Because some records were made there? Lets ignore the musical virtues of the Beatles, I may understand if we were being asked to save there music for the nation (for some reason), what is the point of saving a studio?

Perhaps the public aren't aware that the zebra crossing isn't included!!


Eagleseagles said...

As a member of the NT - I shall be writing that we dont save the building for the Nation!

What total tosh!

English Heretics are the organisation to save buildings - the NT can look after iconic houses....but these particlar studies have no major merit architecturally!

Yes save the Zebracrossing thats fun! But what are these people on?

10-30 million? thats the land value to a property developer - let them buy the studios!


Tricia said...

I'm somewhat confused as to why the NT should even be considering this. It's not a building of note or architectural interest - unless there's something I'm missing.

Yes the Beetles are part of our history but if anything, the building should be used as a museum - not part of the NT portfolia.

Eagleseagles said...

Andrew Lloyd Webber appears to want to buy the studios - lets hope he does and trhe NT forget all about this rush of blood to the head!