The first trailer for director Mary McCartney’s upcoming documentary about Abbey Road Studios dropped on Monday (November 14), and it is packed with fond remembrances from rock legends. They include her dad, Sir Paul McCartney, as well as his former bandmate, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Noel Gallagher, and Nile Rodgers. Even Star Wars creator George Lucas makes an appearance.
“When you enter a place with so much history around it, it’s kind of sacred in a way,” Elton John says at the top of the two-minute trailer. “People want to come here. They want the sound of Abbey Road.”
The Disney+ doc will drop on December 16, in time to commemorate the studio’s 90th anniversary. In the preview, Mary McCartney says Abbey Road has been part of her life “for as long as I can remember,” as attested to by snaps of a baby Mary — now 53 — laying on the studio floor on a blanket.
Of course, there's plenty of footage of the Beatles and Sir Paul - including a moment where the "Live and Let Die" singer takes a break from his talking head bit to play a beloved piano. Former Oasis guitarist/co-vocalist Noel Gallagher notes “a huge part” of his record collection was recorded at Abbey Road. After that, George Lucas and composer John Williams speak of the studio as a “gift to music.”
Mary McCartney spoke to Rolling Stone about the film, telling the magazine, “Hearing it was the anniversary of Abbey Road Studios brought back so many memories to me. I have grown up visiting Abbey Road, it feels like family to me. In directing this feature-length documentary, it felt natural to explore the wealth of stories, and unearth so many unheard gems that I had not known about.” The film will also feature interviews with Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, Williams, Celeste and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, among others.
Watch the If These Walls Could Sing trailer below.
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