Disney held a special premiere event and screening of the new Disney Original Documentary, “If These Walls Could Sing”, in New York. Attending the event was Steve Buscemi, John Sykes, Frances McDormand, Diana Krall, Mike Myers, Elvis Costello and the films director, Mary McCartney, who also took part in Q&A about the film.
The new documentary is about Abbey Road Studios, which is the heart of the music industry. Fans journey every year to have their photo taken at the world-famous zebra crossing to feel close to the music they love. Artists strive to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and to harness some of the studio’s magic for themselves — to leave their mark on music history too.
This is a personal film of memory and discovery: Mary McCartney’s perspective through Abbey Road. The studios have been a part of Mary’s life for as long as she can remember, a home from home and the place her parents made their seminal records. “If These Walls Could Sing” sees Abbey Road Studios open up their doors for the first time, as Mary guides us through nine decades to tell the stories of some of the studio’s most iconic recordings and the people who made them happen.
From the first British rock ‘n’ roll records that inspired a generation to a band that came down to Abbey Road from Liverpool and set the world alight, Abbey Road is the birthplace of recordings that have changed the world. The Beatles learned how to be at Abbey Road; their evolution lies at the heart of the film, tracing how the band and the studios grew together, rewrote the rules of songwriting and transformed pop music forever. Pink Floyd entered the space the Beatles forged. Interviews with Roger Waters and David Gilmour piece together the band’s creative process and journey to one of the world’s most pioneering and successful records, “Dark Side of the Moon.”
Abbey Road’s classical foundations continue as a thread in the studio’s story. Cellist Sheku Kanneh- Mason reveals why he was drawn to Abbey Road, his connection with Jacqueline du Pré and Sir Edward Elgar, both of whom found peace and confidence at Abbey Road to create their spell-binding recordings. The studio’s orchestral potential is again realized by John Williams, who reveals the secrets of what makes Abbey Road the perfect home for his masterpiece scores, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars.”
From classical to pop, film scores to hip-hop, this film 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 Jimmy Page, from Kate Bush to Paul McCartney to Celeste, all found their feet, their musical language, in Abbey Road Studios. Experience the creative magic that makes it a revered and sacred space that still produces many of the most recognized records today and makes Abbey Road the most famous and longest-running studio in the world.
Here are some photos from the event:
The special documentary features Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Liam Gallagher, John Williams, Celeste and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, among others.
“If These Walls Could Sing” is coming to Disney+ on Friday 16th December 2022.
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