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   If you go to London to visit the iconic Abbey Road location made famous by the Beatles, be sure you have the right one, as there are 11 places named "Abbey Road" within the city

16 Nov 2012 12:04 PM   |   2575 clicks   |   SFGate
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JohnCarter     
It does look slightly different now

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But obviously not a train station

16 Nov 2012 12:10 PM
HelloNeuman     
"No, you're way way off"

16 Nov 2012 12:12 PM
Slacquer     
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16 Nov 2012 12:15 PM
rickythepenguin    [TotalFark]  
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we went a few years back....our tour guide said soemtimes the Abbey Road folks will let you inside the building, but the day we went they wouldn't even let anyone inside the gates. Drat. so above is my picture and then a picture from back in the day, more or less same view.

and then us doing The Walk but we couldn't scrounge up a 4th. my wife and i, some other dude on the tour.


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this nondescript, seemingly "huh?" picture is outside of the train station where A Hard Day's Night was filmed. Savvy Beatles fans may recognize it as the street where the Beatles are pursued by fans (as if running towards me) and George eats shiat right about by the black streetpole (obviously, not scripted).

16 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Sneakernets     
I love how people used to steal the street sign. Some even tried to pry the letters out of the stone.

16 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
KrispyKritter     
let it go, people. they just weren't that good.

16 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
Mad Mark     

KrispyKritter: let it go, people. they just weren't that good.


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16 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
rickythepenguin    [TotalFark]  
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Sneakernets: I love how people used to steal the street sign. Some even tried to pry the letters out of the stone.



as it was when i was there....

if im right on my Beatlesology, "the" Abbey Road sign was at the other end of the street and was later removed entirely by the city since it kept getting stolen. This one is just maybe, as i recall, 40-50 yards away by the roundabout but is not the Abbey Road sign.

16 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
JohnCarter     

KrispyKritter: let it go, people. they just weren't that good.


Not that good?

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16 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
tricycleracer     
Just make a left on Penny Lane. Duh.

16 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Shadow Blasko     
If I ever become a famous rockstar I will do a bit down on "Peachtree in Atlanta"

That oughta give them about 25 or 30 options.

16 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
KingKauff    [TotalFark]  
11 roads with the same name? Atlanta scoffs at London.

16 Nov 2012 12:47 PM
Mikeyworld     

Mad Mark: KrispyKritter: let it go, people. they just weren't that good.

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It was already done....

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16 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
Devolving_Spud     
I went with a friend to London. He had no idea what I meant about the album "Abbey Road" or what I meant about taking pictures while crossing the street. But he humored me and we trekked to St. John's Wood and found our way to Abbey Road studio. We took turns taking each other's picture in the zebra crossing (and dodging cars). He still had no idea what we were doing. We lived in different states, but after returning home, he educated himself and thanked me for dragging him through all that. He even sent me a framed picture of myself in the zebra crossing, with a smaller inset of the more famous Abbey Road picture. It was only then that I realized I had unintentionally dressed like George Harrison and I was in his exact spot and position as the album. :oD

//nearly a csb

16 Nov 2012 01:28 PM
There's Always A Bloody Ghost     

Devolving_Spud: I went with a friend to London. He had no idea what I meant about the album "Abbey Road" or what I meant about taking pictures while crossing the street. But he humored me and we trekked to St. John's Wood and found our way to Abbey Road studio. We took turns taking each other's picture in the zebra crossing (and dodging cars). He still had no idea what we were doing. We lived in different states, but after returning home, he educated himself and thanked me for dragging him through all that. He even sent me a framed picture of myself in the zebra crossing, with a smaller inset of the more famous Abbey Road picture. It was only then that I realized I had unintentionally dressed like George Harrison and I was in his exact spot and position as the album. :oD

//nearly a csb


Jeez, did your friend grow up under a rock? How could he have not heard of Abbey Road? Did he even know who The Beatles are/were? I blame his parents for not educating him.

16 Nov 2012 02:40 PM
steklo     
I went to Abbey Road Studios in 2001. To me it was like Mecca. So many great albums were recorded there, not just the Beatles stuff, but Pink Floyd, Radiohead, etc. I really wanted to take a peak in the famous number two studio. I was very excited and just walking up the stairs and touching the door (knowing most of my favorite musicians touched the same door handle)

I found my way inside and saw the receptionist...

Me: Hi! Can I get into number 2 please?
Receptionist: Do you have an appointment?
Me: No.
Receptionist: No appointment? I can't let you in.
Me: Please? It's an historical place, number two, I just want to peak inside.
Receptionist: Do you know how many times I hear that a day?
Me: Uhm, probably a million.
Receptionist: Yes a million.
Me: I guess that if I asked one more time, to make it a million and one, that you would let me in?
Receptionist: Not going to happen, please, I'm very busy. You're going to have to leave now.
Me: Ok, thanks for your time.
Receptionist: Well thanks for stopping by.

Well, at least I made my way to the lobby...close as I'll ever get. Still, it was great being inside that building.

16 Nov 2012 03:11 PM
Devolving_Spud     

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Devolving_Spud: I went with a friend to London. He had no idea what I meant about the album "Abbey Road" or what I meant about taking pictures while crossing the street. But he humored me and we trekked to St. John's Wood and found our way to Abbey Road studio. We took turns taking each other's picture in the zebra crossing (and dodging cars). He still had no idea what we were doing. We lived in different states, but after returning home, he educated himself and thanked me for dragging him through all that. He even sent me a framed picture of myself in the zebra crossing, with a smaller inset of the more famous Abbey Road picture. It was only then that I realized I had unintentionally dressed like George Harrison and I was in his exact spot and position as the album. :oD

//nearly a csb

Jeez, did your friend grow up under a rock? How could he have not heard of Abbey Road? Did he even know who The Beatles are/were? I blame his parents for not educating him.


Worse than a rock: bible thumping baptist upbringing.

16 Nov 2012 03:21 PM
JohnCarter     

KingKauff: 11 roads with the same name? Atlanta scoffs at London.


71 streets named Peachtree. That's mayhem

16 Nov 2012 03:31 PM
Commander Cyclops     
Hasn't the crosswalk been moved since 1969?

16 Nov 2012 03:39 PM
puckrock2000     
Well, a mistake like that is easily understandable...

Even worse, he said, are the hapless tourists who arrive at Liverpool Street Station in central London and believe they, in fact, are in Liverpool, the Beatles' hometown.

but that is just Palin-level retardation.

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16 Nov 2012 04:28 PM
RicosRoughnecks     
Just my luck when I was there it was under construction. I got yelled at when I approached the studio to ask if there were any tours. Plus the girl I was with was being really impatient and rude about the crosswalk pic I was trying to get. It sucked.

16 Nov 2012 05:19 PM
Mad Mark     

Mikeyworld: Mad Mark: KrispyKritter: let it go, people. they just weren't that good.

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It was already done....

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Thanks. I'm a little slow. :)

16 Nov 2012 05:29 PM
Dear Jerk     
I went to the wrong one. It looked wrong. I never bothered to doublecheck. Any Londonites here can say if the real one is near Primrose Hill? I was just walking around.

16 Nov 2012 05:39 PM
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16 Nov 2012 08:26 PM
puckrock2000     

Dear Jerk: I went to the wrong one. It looked wrong. I never bothered to doublecheck. Any Londonites here can say if the real one is near Primrose Hill? I was just walking around.


It's just down the road from the St. John's Wood Tube station. Head out of the station down Grove End Road, past the synagogue, until you come to a T intersection - that's Abbey Road in front of you, and the crossing and the recording studio will be just off to the right.

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17 Nov 2012 02:10 PM
tb tibbles     

rickythepenguin: [i3.photobucket.com image 512x384]

Sneakernets: I love how people used to steal the street sign. Some even tried to pry the letters out of the stone.


as it was when i was there....

if im right on my Beatlesology, "the" Abbey Road sign was at the other end of the street and was later removed entirely by the city since it kept getting stolen. This one is just maybe, as i recall, 40-50 yards away by the roundabout but is not the Abbey Road sign.


Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) street sign has suffered that curse ever since the Grateful Dead took a photo of themselves leaning on it.

17 Nov 2012 06:58 PM
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