September 2019 marks the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Released in September 1969, it was the end of both the Sixties and the biggest and greatest band of all time.
To explore this anniversary, the world’s leading Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn – whose highly-acclaimed Tune In is the first part of the band’s definitive biography – will embark on a 21-date UK tour with his newly-created Abbey Road show Hornsey Road.
Hornsey Road illuminates Abbey Road from every angle, telling the stories behind the songs and the lives of its four creators – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – the youngest of them just 26, the eldest 29 at the time it was made. The show will explore the many momentous events that occurred during its recording, when the Beatles were creatively together inside the studio but falling apart outside. This was the year of their breakup, and the album was made at a time of turmoil in their personal lives and their careers; when two of them were newly married and the band lost business assets and couldn’t agree on a future direction.
Mark Lewisohn has the world’s best archive of Beatles materials, harvested over 40+ years of unrivalled deep access to public and private collections. On stage he will be talking audiences through a stunning array of strong and relevant content, with rare music, photos, films and collectable artefacts.
The favourite Beatles album of many, praised by the Daily Telegraph as “lush, rich, smooth, epic, emotional and utterly gorgeous”, Abbey Road wasn’t just another triumphant chapter in the Beatles’ unparalleled time together, it was their best-selling and last-created work, regularly voted high among the greatest albums of all time. Still now, half a century on, it remains a remarkable collection of tracks, ripe for the deep celebratory dive that Hornsey Road will deliver.