Filmmaker Mary McCartney has debuted her film about the legendary Abbey Road Studios, If These Walls Could Sing, at the Telluride film festival. The documentary includes interviews with members of Pink Floyd, Elton John, Kate, Ringo Starr and Mary’s father, Paul McCartney. From classical to pop, film scores to hip-hop, “If These Walls Could Sing” explores the breadth, diversity, and ingenuity of Abbey Road Studios. Intimate interviews with leading artists, producers and composers paired with vivid archive footage and session tapes give exclusive access to these famously private studios. From Elton John to Jacqueline Du Pre to Jimmy Page, from Kate Bush to Paul McCartney to Celeste, all found their musical language in Abbey Road Studios. Audiences will experience the creative magic that makes it a revered and sacred space that still produces many of the most recognised records today and makes Abbey Road the most famous and longest-running studio in the world.
Variety writes: “Kate Bush makes a rare modern appearance in the documentary, albeit audio-only. “It’s amazing having Kate in there because she produced her third album there, directed her video in there… I kind of made contact with her. I know she doesn’t do interviews, but I know she feels real affection for Abbey Road, so over time she kindly agreed to do an audio piece that she wrote and sent to me. Just having her voice talking about the space is pretty special as well.” In the Variety review of the film, they note that “resurgent star Kate Bush talks about the studio’s historic reluctance to repaint, lest even the slightest alteration affect the sound…”
If These Walls Could Sing will be streaming on Disney+ at a date to be announced
“We are the music makers.
We are the dreamers of the dream.”
– Arthur O’Shaughnessy
I used gene wilder’s recorded quote of that line as the opening of my 1993 VRML tribute to Kate Bush by which I was notable for a time and just as quickly forgotten. It is well.
Long long ago and not far away.
This is a hard day as I mourn the loss of The Beautiful Queen Elizabeth. We will work on a new song inspired by Kate finally earning recognition in America. And I will begin to work on the song I put on the shelf after the passing of Philip but perhaps with respect is now due.
We are the singers and our art is our way of marking the passing of time and all awash in it. May we celebrate love.
How lovely, must see this. xxx