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Charting 12 years of Abbey Road Studio wall graffiti through the eyes of a Beatles super-fan
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 Abbey Road Graffiti Book

The personal photographic journey of a Beatles fan over the last 12 years.

Martin Holden moved to London from Liverpool in the late 90s. Already a huge Beatles fan, he became fascinated by fans flocking to Abbey Road and leaving messages on the wall outside Abbey Road Studios. 

Martin had been documenting the wall photographically for years - the wall is repainted every month for the next set of messages to be written by people from around the world. Images and tributes are lost forever once the paint rollers come out. 

In October 2018, Martin was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Despite this prognosis, he continued to visit the studios and remained determined to keep the project going. He lost his battle in August 2019, and now Martin's widow Jo is committed to finishing his work, both as a tribute to him and as closure to the long personal journey they took together.

I was originally approached by both Martin and Jo in March 2019 to help progress the book. His personal story was immediately compelling, and the subject matter fascinating. For me, Abbey Road Graffiti is a wonderful historical document highlighting the continued importance of The Beatles to music fans around the world, nearly 50 years on from their breakup. 

Abbey Road Graffiti is designed and ready to go to print with your support. 

We had publishing offers, but this seemed a better starting point to take the book to press due to the personal nature of the project.  A fan’s photographic story presented to like-minded individuals as a contemporary celebration of The Beatles and the community which grew around their music.

 A percentage of the money raised from this will go into The Brain Tumour Charity, www.braintumourcharity.org 

  Martin finally gets a guided tour of Abbey Road in May 2019 



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If the book gets the support I think it merits, it will go to press late October for shipping early December 2019

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    1st Edition Hardback Book

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    Signed and Limited 1st edition

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    Set of 6 A5 Prints and the H/C book

    A signed 1st Edition Hardback book, plus a set of 6 x limited A5 prints of Beatles related images from the book

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    Signed and Limited Beatles Print 1

    Limited signed and numbered (of 25) art print by esteemed Soho artist Robert Rubbish.
    Oversized A4.
    Featuring all The Beatles in one beautiful image circa Yellow Submarine.

    Especially created by Robert for The Abbey Road Graffiti Book kickstarter project. And never to be reprinted.

    Plus a signed and numbered 1st edition Hardback book
    Plus a set of 6 A5 images

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    Signed and Ltd 4 Panel Beatles Print 2

    Limited signed and numbered (of 25) art print by esteemed Soho artist Robert Rubbish.
    Oversized A4.
    Featuring 4 panel images of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    Especially created by Robert for The Abbey Road Graffiti Book Kickstarter project. And never to be reprinted.

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    Original Beatles Artwork 2

    Original 4 panelled Pen, Ink and Watercolour Painting by esteemed Soho artist Robert Rubbish.
    Featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo. Robert is a legend, and this is a unique opportunity to own an original piece of his art - whlst helping a worthy cause.

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    Personal Message on the Abbey Road wall

    Robert Rubbish, esteemed Soho artist, will add your personalised message to a loved one, or friend on the Abbey Road tribute wall and photograph it to be included in this book print - a Perfect personal gift for Beatles and music fans around the world.

    With a Signed H/C copy of the book

    NB - Messages limited to 150 characters

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    Original Beatles Artwork 1

    Original Pen, Ink and Watercolour Painting by esteemed Soho artist Robert Rubbish.
    Featuring The Beatles circa Yellow Submarine period. Robert is a legend, and this is a unique opportunity to own an original piece of his art - whlst helping a worthy cause.

    Created especially for this Kickstarter project.

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    • Plus a signed and numbered 1st edition Hardback book
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