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London's Denmark Street endures as rock's Tin Pan Alley

Long before there was Abbey Road, Denmark Street was home to London's musicians.

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Guitars hang in a shop on Denmark Street on April 20 in London, England. Denmark Street, in the Soho area of central London, traces its musical connections back to the 1890s and is famous for its connection to contemporary British music after recording studios started setting up there in the 1960s. Many world-renowned recording artists, including: Jimi Hendrix, The Sex Pistols and Elton John have played and recorded in the street. The Rolling Stones recorded their first album in 1964 at the street's Regent Sounds Studio's. Known as London's 'Tin Pan Alley' Denmark Street is regarded as one of, if not the, best music streets in Europe and contains numerous specialist music shops, with many boasting of a long and prestigious musical history.

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A general view of Denmark Street on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Denmark Street, in the Soho area of central London, traces its musical connections back to the 1890s and is famous for its connection to contemporary British music after recording studios started setting up there in the 1960s.

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A Gibson guitar hangs besides a poster with signatures from the many famous musicians and bands that have visited, in the Rare and Vintage Guitar shop on Denmark Street

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A man opens the doors to Regent Sounds Studio on Denmark Street on April 20, 2011 in London, England. The Rolling Stones recorded their first album in 1964 at the street's Regent Sounds Studio's.

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Graham Noden works on a Gibson J200 guitar belonging to Chris Martin from Coldplay in his shop on Denmark Street on April 20 in London, England.

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An employee sorts a display of guitars in a shop on Denmark Street on April 20in London, England.

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Guitars awaiting repair stack up at Graham Noden's workshop on Denmark Street on April 20 in London, England.