Abbey Road Studios for sale: Is nothing sacred?!

Strange news out of London: EMI Records is selling the legendary Abbey Road Studios, according to a report in the Financial Times (registration required to read; h/t). Apparently the rooms where the Beatles did the vast majority of their recording in the ’60s just aren’t a sound financial investment anymore.

I know times are tough, but come on, EMI! History! In addition to all those amazing Beatles albums, Abbey Road has also been the site of essential recordings by the likes of Radiohead (The Bends) and Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Dark Side of the Moon, etc.). More recently, Abbey Road is where all the Beatles’ albums were lovingly remastered for last fall’s reissue campaign. The Financial Times story implies that its recording facilities have become outdated; does that make it any less of a landmark?

Of course, assuming EMI finds a buyer, there’s a strong chance Abbey Road’s new owners will continue to operate it as a recording studio. Let’s hope so, at least. Anyone else dismayed by the idea of Abbey Road changing hands?

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  • paula

    Me too, is music history! Don´t destroy it please

  • Gale

    I don’t think that they are selling it because it isn’t financially sound, they are selling it because it has value and EMI needs money. Like so many homeowners, they are having issues with Citibank who won’t restructure the debt from the sale of the company a couple of years back.

  • Christian

    If Magic Alex had been allowed to do the setup, it would still be advanced for its time.

  • Kate

    Come on Paul! you’ve got millions! buy this place!

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  • Ryann

    This is a time I wish I was really really rich! Hopefully someone who respects the history of this place will keep it the way it is. I read another article that said it could be turned in to residential flats. In my opinion that is Blasphemy! Beatles Forever!!! :)

  • Dexter

    Does it come with the Beatles’ master recordings? If so, I’m in!

    • z

      It would be a lot more than $20 million if that were the case.

  • Jean Genie

    I can only wonder what foreign investor would buy it … I bet if ARS were in America (especially in LA) it would be torn down to make way for something stupid.

  • Andrew

    I hope this ends up like when CBGB closed. someone with a love for the things that went on there and the music that was played took the place over but kept everything pretty much intact. i think a recording studio and a concert hall are two separate things but my point is that hopefully someone will buy it and understand that in the music world it’s a sacred facility.

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