In a new special edition, PEOPLE marks a half-century since the Beatles’ last days with an intimate photo collection as well as a look at the inspirations and legacies of Abbey Road and a song-by-song look at the album’s 17 tracks. With answers and an in-depth look at each song.
Plus: A look at the real Abbey Road studio that inspired the cover image that was taken on Aug. 8, 1969, on location in London. To this day the famous crosswalk attracts hundreds of fans and tourists year after year.
Finally, the issue includes a reflection on Woodstock on its 50th anniversary. The photo-filled special edition includes a portfolio of memories from the upstate New York festival, with artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, and many other artists performed. The Beatles were reportedly invited to headline the festival, but the dates conflicted with the recording of Abbey Road. Still, the historic gathering of half a million people for peace and music appealed to them. “Woodstock, the Isle of Wight — all the mass meetings of the youth — it’s completely positive for me… when you show your flag, you’re not alone,” Lennon said in 1969.
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