If you’re wondering how bad the music industry is in the hole right now, this’ll tell you: EMI, legendary music label, is selling off Abbey Road Studios to the highest bidder.
Everyone knows Abbey Road from the iconic stature it gained after being featured on The Beatles’ eponymous album. Rolling Stone called it the 14th greatest album in all of recorded music’s history, and was the final album to be recorded by the band. But more than just The Beatles have used the studio as a muse of sorts. Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side of The Moon there, and it housed the sweet melodies of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead, Michael Jackson, U2, Elliott Smith, Muse, Oasis, and of course, Take That.
But the label who owns the studio, EMI, is several hundred million dollars in the hole in debts. They’ve changed management several times over the last decade, and now, they’re planning on selling the studio to the highest bidder. To the tune of 20 million dollars or so.
So, if you’re the sort of person who cares about music history, write or call The National Trust. They’re Britain’s preservation charity, and they’ve already preserved the homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. So if you’re the kind of person who thinks that sometimes, music can be historic, write to them or call them, and tell them that Abbey Road needs to not be sold to the highest bidder.
Of course, Bono will probably swoop in and save the day, but we should do what we can. Also, if you’re interested in more important, urgent causes, send money to Haiti.
(Source: The New York Times)