‘Abbey Road’ Is Getting A Fresh Coat Of Paint
By jsmith on March 30, 2020
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 24: A Highways Maintenance team takes advantage of the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown and quiet streets to re-paint the iconic Abbey Road crossing on March 24, 2020 in London, England. The Beatles made the pedestrian crossing famous after featuring a photograph of the group walking on it, near to Abbey Road Studios. The album and connected artwork celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
London is on lockdown thanks to Covid-19, so the city has decided to refresh the crosswalk made famous by the Beatles.
By Jon Smith:
The crosswalk, which was actually designated a national landmark by the British government in 2010, was repainted by a Highways Maintenance crew last week
Located at the intersection of Abbey and Grove End Roads in St. John’s Wood and only a few feet from the studio where the Beatles recorded most of their albums. In August of 1969, the band spent about ten minutes walking back and forth across the crosswalk, while a photographer named Iain Macmillan took 6 photos. Photo #5 was the one that actually made the cover of the album. There was a famous feud with the record label about the fact that the band’s name did not appear on the cover. The label was concerned that no one would buy the album. Ha.