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The most famous crosswalk in the world

The Abbey Road Crosswalk.

Next to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the LP cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road became their most famous and familiar. It brought attention to an otherwise relatively unknown London intersection, making it a mecca for Beatles fans from all over the world. As a Beatles fan, the first place you must go to when you arrive in London is Abbey Road. Nowhere else first! It’s a rule … a must! Forget about Buckingham Palace or Big Ben or even your hotel. Abbey Road is first. It is the Beatles fan’s Xanadu! After all, in Rome, Catholics first visit the Vatican, and Jews in Jerusalem go to the Wailing Wall. But you, the true Beatlemaniac, must go straight to the Abbey Road crosswalk. No where else is more sacred. View the 24 hour live webcam at abbeyroad.com/crossing

The Beatles posed at the crosswalk at 10:00 am on August 8, 1969. Breaking their pattern of afternoon sessions for the Abbey Road LP, they arrived in the morning for the photo session to elude the usual waiting fans. The cover photo was taken by Iain Macmillan outside EMI Studios (later to be known as Abbey Road Studios).

When you arrive at the crosswalk which is at the intersection of Abbey Road and Grove End Road, stop and stand there for a moment. Look around at the buildings, smell the air and listen to everything around you. Feel the vibrations of the asphalt below your feet. Become the sidewalk. You have arrived! Be careful when kissing the ground though, traffic is coming at you regularily and rapidly. From The Beatles England by David Bacon and Norman Maslov

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MANHATTMAN is hosted by Norman Maslov, whose Agence Internationale, represents a small group of wonderful photographers. This blog showcases images from these artists along with scribes about music, films, food, gin martinis and hats. Pontifications from a native San Franciscan and his extended family and friends. So it goes.

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