80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios

16 February 2012


The talks due to take place on 10th and 11th March 2012 in Abbey Road’s iconic Studio Two sold out at a staggering rate. Due to this demand, more talks will take place on 9th, 23rd, 24th and 25th March.

As part of our 80th anniversary celebrations, we will be opening our doors to the public for a unique experience.

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, celebrating the technology and sonic creativity that lead to epoch defining music from feted artists.

With over 20 years of research into EMI history, Ryan and Kehew have uncovered many secrets of the studios and have worked with Abbey Road Studios to preserve and illuminate our immense history.

The presentation will cover the history of the studios with rare archive photos, film and audio, showing changes to the studio and equipment. It will illustrate Abbey Road Studios’ long progression through all kinds of music, from classical to rock, and the methods used to record in each style and period.

Recordings covered will include Sir Edward Elgar, The Shadows, Peter Sellers, Helen Shapiro, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, The Zombies, the Swingin' Blue Jeans and Kate Bush. Film scores captured over the years including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The King's Speech will also be explored.

Our original vintage equipment will also be on display - including some of the very instruments, microphones, and studio hardware used to create classic tracks. Visitors will have the opportunity 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 epoch-defining music. More recently, Elbow recorded their theme for the 2012 Olympics there and artists such as Ryan Adams, Laura Marling and Feist laid down performances for the worldwide Live from Abbey Road television show.

Brian Kehew, co-author of Recording the Beatles, is a record producer, engineer and musician. He has worked with The Who, Fiona Apple, Air, Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and Black Sabbath.

Kevin Ryan, co-author of Recording the Beatles is a Houston-based producer, arranger and composer. He is also a talented graphic designer and video/film artist.

Tickets, priced at £75, are available now from See Tickets.

Please note, this does not include a tour of Abbey Road Studios.