|Wrong Abbey Road: Station draws lost Beatles fans |
In this file photo taken Feb. 16, 2010, a man walks on the zebra crossing made famous from the album cover of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" in front of Abbey Road Studios, seen at left, in London. London counts at least 11 Abbey Roads, with potential tourist pitfalls in neighborhoods such as Barking or Bexleyheath, both of which are on the outer edges of central London. In the British capital, as elsewhere, the common street name harkens back to the medieval priories that once dotted the area. AP Photo/Akira Suemori, File.
By: Raphael Satter, Associated Press
LONDON (AP).- It's a mystery tour, but it's hardly magical.
More than nine miles (14 kilometers) from the striped crosswalk made famous by the Beatles album "Abbey Road," this drab transit station in east London keeps drawing confused fans of the Fab Four into unwanted jaunts through a gritty, industrial area just south of London's Olympic Stadium.
Abbey Road Station has no relation to the Beatles' Abbey Road Studios, the birthplace of the eponymous album and a London tourist landmark. The glass-and-metal station is wedged among a train depot, warehouses, and gloomy public housing projects, a world away from the leafy, suburban street pictured on the album's cover.
It didn't take long for American visitor Christie Johnson, 22, to figure out she was in the wrong place.
"It didn't look right," the Denver resident said. She and her embarrassed host English student Melody Vettraino wanted to see the iconic crosswalk on a whim.
At the nearby Star Newsagents, 36-year-old Paramjeet Kaur said her convenience store saw an average of a dozen Beatles fans a day.
Outside, 19-year-old Nathan Johnson said he was constantly seeing visitors stride across the small, uneven intersection outside the station to recreate the pose struck by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison on the 1969 album cover even if the newcomers have come to the wrong place.
"All the time," Johnson said, smiling.
London counts at least 11 Abbey Roads, with potential tourist pitfalls in neighborhoods such as Barking or Bexleyheath, both of which are on the outer edges of central London. In the British capital as elsewhere the common street name harkens back to the medieval priories that once dotted the area.
But Abbey Road Station, which opened last year, is the only one in London to bear the name. Given the Beatles connection, some have urged the capital's transit authority to modify its maps.
Transport for London officials said Tuesday there are no plans to change the station's name.
Spokesman Allan Ramsey said in a statement that it is unfortunate that some visitors get confused but that the problem could be remedied if visitors just did their homework.
Christie Johnson, a semi-professional soccer player, said she wasn't too disappointed to have gone to the wrong Abbey Road, explaining that she wasn't that big of a Beatles fan anyway.
She said she mostly just wanted a picture of herself on the famous crosswalk to show her friends. Now, she'll have a different story to tell.
"I'll say we tried," she said. "It'll get a good laugh."
At the London Beatles Store, which sells Fab Four memorabilia, owner Howard Cohen said the mix-up over the location of the studio is not new because there are so many Abbey Roads in London but that the mishaps have been exacerbated by the new Abbey Road Station in a distant part of the capital.
"We get so many people coming in looking for the studios that we have maps printed up with directions, free, as a service," he said. "It's a bit confusing."
Even worse, he said, are the hapless tourists who arrive at Liverpool Street Station in central London and believe they, in fact, are in Liverpool, the Beatles' hometown.
"They ask how to get to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields," he said, referring to places in Liverpool made famous by Lennon-McCartney songs.
The answer, sadly, is 210 miles (340 kilometers) to the north.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
November 17, 2012
Original Rubens "Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha" found in museum
National Gallery of Art acquires major works across media by Ligon, Castle, Fornari, Asselijn, Tripe, and more
Ground-breaking technology allows a virtual autopsy to be undertaken on one of British Museum's mummies
North American premiere of "Roads of Arabia" unearths hidden history of ancient Arabian peninsula
Major Smithsonian exhibition examines the impact of the Civil War on American art
The Morgan Library explores the life and work of legendary author Beatrix Potter
Museum of Modern Art hosts Meta-Monumental Garage Sale by Martha Rosler
PAFA debuts over 200 works by modern and contemporary female artists from the Linda Lee Alter Collection
James Bond villains headline new exhibit at D.C.'s International Spy Museum
William Turnbull, one of the major figures of post-war British art, died on 15 November
1933 King Kong and 1928 Mickey Mouse movie posters eye records in Heritage Auctions' event
Hans Makart's "Abundantia": The Depiction of Abundance and Fertility at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Charlie Chaplin hat, cane and other Hollywood memorabilia to go under the hammer
Wrong Abbey Road: Station draws lost Beatles fans
Milan cathedral launches adopt-a-gargoyle campaign
Site-specific installation by Rachel Feinstein on view at Gagosian Gallery in Rome
RISD Business: Sassy signs and sculptures by Alejandro Diaz opens at the RISD Museum
Pocket watch owned by Italian chief of police who guarded the Pope offered for sale at Bonhams
ING Discerning Eye exhibition prizes announced
New York man accused of fake $11M Jasper Johns sculpture scheme
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Regrets: Upper Belvedere opens exhibition featuring recent work by Jasper Johns
2.- Swedish-born star of La Dolce Vita, Anita Ekberg, has died in Rome at the age of 83
3.- Swedish archaeologists find rare 2,500-year-old relief depicting two pharaonic deities
4.- 'American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp' opens at the Morris Museum of Art
5.- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes Nathaniel Silver as Assistant Curator of the Collection
6.- Art Institute names new curator: Rebecca Long will be responsible for Italian and Spanish art
7.- The 'Holy Grail' of electric guitars, the original Les Paul 'Black Beauty' prototype, up for auction at Guernsey's
8.- 10,000 photos taken between 1840 and 1920 from Jerome Manin's collection to be sold
9.- Special Asterix cartoons to honour French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo dead
10.- The art world uncovered: Art travel experiences like you've never seen before
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|