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Martin Holden

The late Martin Holden moved to London from Liverpool in the late 90’s – Already a huge Beatles fan, He became fascinated by fans flocking to Abbey Road to leave their personal messages on the walls outside Abbey Road Studios. He 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 that would have been 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. Martin lost his battle in August 2019, and his 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.

Highlighting the longevity and importance of The Beatles, Martin and Jo’s book is a wonderful historical document created by, and for, Beatles fans from around the world.