17 Feb 2010

McCartney hopes Abbey Road will be saved

8:29 pm on 17 February 2010

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has spoken of his hopes that the band's Abbey Road studios could be saved after reportedly being put up for sale by British music group EMI.

"There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it," Sir Paul told the BBC on Tuesday. "I sympathise with them. I hope they can do something, it'd be great."

The Financial Times has reported that EMI put the north London studios up for sale in an effort to reduce its debts.

EMI bought the property in the St John's Wood area for Stg100,000 in 1929. The Beatles used it for most of their recording in the 1960s, including the 1969 album Abbey Road, which featured them walking over a pedestrian crossing outside the studios before they split up.

Other artists who have used the studios include Pink Floyd, who recorded Dark Side of the Moon there, as well as Radiohead, the Manic Street Preachers, Travis and Blur.