If you're in the mood for a stunning, sumptuous, beautifully produced coffee table book about a legendary recording studio, then I do believe we have just the item for you.
Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World is by Alistair Lawrence and comes with a foreword from Sir George Martin. It publishes next week in the UK, and in October in North America. Here's a short piece of descriptive copy about it:
The first photographic celebration of the most famous recording studio in the world, publishing in its 80th year. Unprecedented access to the Abbey Road archive - from Edward Elgar to the Beatles, Kate Bush to Elbow the most famous artists in the world have recorded here. This gorgeous book includes material on the artists, the engineers, the technology and the history of Abbey Road. It's an incredible document of cultural history, for anyone who values music and how it's made.
There's a link to the book on Amazon.co.uk here, and to the book on Amazon.com here.
Also (and this is the kind of thing I get pathetically excited about), there's a limited, numbered special edition of the book (200 copies only - each signed by Sir George) which you can pre-order through the Bloomsbury website or find in a handful of specialist bookstores.
And finally, there's a piece on the book at the Abbey Road website, here.