Reports that the historic Abbey Road studios in London are up for sale have caused consternation in the music industry, and beyond.
For many, it is inconceivable that the iconic recording complex made famous by the Beatles could be closed down or converted for another use.
Hundreds of tourists visit Abbey Road every day to pay homage to the ‘Fab Four’, with many leaving graffiti tributes and mementoes on its walls and signage.
Many risk life and limb replicating the band’s Abbey Road album cover on the zebra crossing outside, enraging countless cabbies, bus drivers and other motorists in the process.
Their consternation, however, will be nothing compared to the furore that will ensue should music giant EMI and its parent company Terra Firma succeed in selling it off.