Sunday, June 08, 2008

Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey
Foreword by Elvis Costello

"Riveting." --San Antonio Express-News

"Gracefully written." --The Star-Ledger

"Entertaining." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Unlike other books detailing the group's recording history, Emerick's provides the kind of day-to-day experience of what it was like working with the world's most famous rock group." --The Washington Post

Geoff Emerick began as an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs at the studio. Over the next few years he would witness the transformation of this young and playful group from Liverpool into professional, polished musicians--as well as international superstars. Then, in 1966, at age nineteen, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles' chief engineer, the man responsible for their distinctive sound as they recorded the classic album Revolver, in which they pioneered innovative recording techniques that changed the course of rock history. Emerick would also engineer the monumental Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, considered by many the best rock album of all time, as well as Abbey Road. In Here, There and Everywhere he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and also brings to light the personal dynamics of the Beatles, from the relentless competition between Lennon and McCartney to the infighting and frustration that eventually brought a bitter end to the greatest rock band the world has ever known.

"Even for non-techie fans, reading about the assembly of the noise-wash finale of 'A Day in the Life' will send you back to the vinyl for a fresh listen." --The New York Times Book Review

"Pulls back the curtain of mystery, hyperbole, and over-the-top praise heaped on all things Beatles to reveal how those masterful records were actually made." --Chicago Sun-Times

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