November 19, 2019

The Beatles Ruined Abbey Road

“On this day 50 years ago, the residents of Abbey Road were probably unaware of just how much they were going to hate the Beatles.

It was on August 8, 1969, that the band snapped the photo that would change Abbey Road’s future forever. The following month they would release an album named after the northwest London street where it had been recorded, and that album’s iconic cover would seal the street’s fate. A photo of the Fab Four crossing the street in tidily-arranged profile made Abbey Road the site of the most famous crosswalk in the world.

In terms of traffic management, it’s been downhill ever since.

Even to this day, Abbey Road is thronged with Beatles fans trying to recreate the image themselves, slowing down traffic and putting themselves in some danger as they do so. On the 50th anniversary, that was as true as ever.”

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