UK Government Steps in to Save Abbey Road Studios

Good news! First we learned that broke record company EMI was going to sell the famed London studio, and then it turned out they were merely trying to revitalize it with an unnamed third party. 

Now, however, the UK government has determined the studio is worthy of a Grade II protected-status historic site.  But what does that mean?

“It has huge cultural importance and a very special place in the hearts of recording artists and music lovers alike,” said a government statement. “The new listing status will ensure that, although changes to the interior are not prohibited, care must be taken to ensure that any alterations with respect to its character and interest are fully considered.” 

So there you go.  Revitalization will be much more difficult now.

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