"Eh, the cars will stop."
While the US holds the title for the origin of rock and roll, London certainly has an impressive music history of its own. NYU London arranged for a quick tour to see some of the city's musical highlights. It all begins on Denmark Street, the home of British pop music.
Music publishers first claimed this space in the 1920s, and the street quickly became known as London's "Tin Pan Alley". We learned that this name comes from music publishers trying to protect their artists' music. Swindlers would listen outside the publishing office, copy any melody that they heard, and re-record it as their own. In order to prevent this, publishers would hire men to stand outside and bang on tin pans. That way no one could hear the music that was being performed inside. While the name originated in New York City in the early 20th century, it is also applied here on Denmark Street.
Today the street is home to pubs, music stores, recording studios, and restaurants.
The 12 Bar Club is where Adele was discovered in her earlier singing days.
We passed by Trident Studios where they actually list out many of the popular songs that have been recorded there.
This record store was formally a pub where the first ever rehearsal of The Rolling Stones took place.
Non music related: for all my fellow Game of Throners... I passed by a pub called "John Snow"! (Wrong spelling, I know)
The plaque reads, "This marks the location of the cover photograph for the iconic David Bowie album Ziggy Stardust".
Can you guess the significance of this building here?
Above those four white windows is where The Beatles played their final performance together on January 30, 1969. The building itself is home to the offices of Apple Records. "Let It Be" was actually recorded in its basement.
Continuing on with this same theme, the final stretch of our musical tour ended with a trip up to Abbey Road.
We scoped out the scene to see how we should plan our attack. Abbey Road is a fairly busy commercial street after all! Many spectators come just to sit on the ledges and laugh at the tourists dodging cars. But hey, this is no time to be modest people!
So, whaddya think? We managed to snap a few shots before being run over. Not exactly identical to the original, but we tried!
Abbey Road Studios is just on the opposite side of the street. Between 1962 and 1970 The Beatles recorded almost all of their songs here. In fact the studio itself wasn't given its name until after their album "Abbey Road" was released in 1969.
Looks like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was here when we visited. Some of the notable artists who have recorded here over the years include Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Radiohead, Oasis, and Florence and the Machine. John Williams even recorded his scores for the Star Wars films here!
A long white wall that stretches parallel to Abbey Road acts as a barrier to the studio. Countless admirers have flocked here to leave a personal tribute to the band. There are even some talented artists in the bunch!
This one just made my heart melt...
Most of the signatures incorporate Beatles lyrics, and you can see that the wall is repainted frequently as most of the dates are fairly recent. I left behind a small signature in blue.
If music isn't really your thing and you're more of the magical kind, then you might enjoy what's coming up. Here's a sneak preview to whet your appetite...
Next time, join me on a Harry Potter adventure at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour!