The most famous recording studio in the world is getting a most famous name to direct a feature film about it for its 90th anniversary: Paul and Linda’s daughter Mary McCartney.
Look and listen for “If These Walls Could Sing”, a documentary that will form the centerpiece of Abbey Road Studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations, which begin in November.
Originally a nine-bedroom house built in 1829, it was purchased by the Gramophone Company in 1928 who went on to build the world’s first purpose-built recording studio. The St John’s Wood address was chosen for its large garden and ideal location – close enough to the performance spaces of the time, but away from the noise and vibrations of the traffic and trains.
This rare look and listen inside Abbey Road Studios will be produced by multi award-winner John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars) through Mercury Studios. The passionate team of
McCartney and Battsek will tell Abbey Road Studios’ incredible story on film for the first time, showcasing the work of pioneering filmmakers of the highest quality.
“If these walls could sing. I have lost count of how many times I’ve heard that said at Abbey Road Studios over the years. I can’t wait for some of these stories to finally come to life in what will become a timeless documentary,” says Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios.
If These Walls Could Sing marks the first time Abbey Road has opened its doors to a feature length documentary and will be the centerpiece of the legendary recording studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations which begin in November this year. It will tell countless stories featuring an all-star cast of interviews, unparalleled access to the studios and, of course, a spellbinding soundtrack. BUT will we hear from Sir’s Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who are known to have recorded several hundred songs there? Seem to be no doubt.
Listen to Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch for more on this premiere.