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Abbey Road

From 1969 to today

It’s one of the most crossed roads in the world, basically since August 8, 1969, the day Iain Macmillan took the world famous cover photo for the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. And still fans of the Fab Four, and not only, come from around the globe to use that crosswalk and capture the moment, which is not as easy as it looks. You can’t achieve perfection — the road painting is different and the white Beetle from the original is in Volkswagen’s museum in Germany — but you can get a fun shot. Of course, besides that, many artists and authors have drawn inspiration from the cover, and it’s part of the reason we are here now, fifty years after that August 8.

Among the most bizarre stories around the road, that of Paul Cole, the man caught in the cover standing on the sidewalk at the right, only thinking of those weirdos they looked like “a bunch of kooks”, or that of a couple of women who declined an offer from a man offering to shoot their picture: if they’d looked closely, they may have noticed they were talking to Paul McCartney, who lives nearby. Paul is officially back to cross in 1993, on the occasion of the cover of his Paul is Live album, and in 2018, to promote the release of his record, Egypt Station.

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