When John, Ringo, Paul and George walked across a zebra crossing in Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood at 11.35am on August 8th 1969, they created one of the most iconic album covers in history. It spawned conspiracy theories, the renaming of a famous studio, and turned Abbey Road into a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans from all around the world. Everyone from Jon Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Woody Harrelson and Johnny Depp have recreated this famous cover on the Abbey Road Crossing. It even has its own webcam!
Over 50 years later, and with new series The Beatles: Get Back released over the thanksgiving 2021 weekend featuring unseen footage of the Beatles, and a Paul McCartney lyrics exhibition at the British Library until March 2022, interest in the band is as strong as ever. To celebrate, we asked renowned Beatles expert Richard Porter to answer the 5 biggest questions about Abbey Road.
As co-author of The Guide To The Beatles London, host of the London Walks Beatles tour and a fan since he was 13 years of age, there is no better person to give us an insight into the Beatles and Abbey Road.Beatles Abbey Road, Beatles crossing, Beatles tour London, Richard Porter Beatles