All You Need Is Ears: The Inside Personal Story of the Genius who Created The Beatles

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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"George," he said, "I don't know if you'd be interested, but there's a chap who's come in with a tape of a group he runs. They haven't got a recording contract, and I wonder if you'd like to see him and listen to what he's got?"

"Certainly," I said, "I'm willing to listen to anything. Ask him to come and see me."

"O.K., I will. His name's Brian Epstein..."

All You Need Is Ears is the story of George Martin, the man who spotted the Beatles' talent, who recorded and produced them from the start, and who brought their musical ideas to life. In this witty and charming autobiography, he describes exactly what it was like to work in the studio with the Beatles--from the first audition (and his decision to scrap Pete Best on drums) to the wild experimentation of Sgt. Pepper (complete with sound effects, animal noises and full orchestras in evening dress at the direct request of Paul McCartney).

This is a singular look at the most important musical group of all time, and how they made the music that changed the world: No other book can provide George Martin's inside look at their creative process, at the play of genius and practical improvisation that gave them their sound; it is an indispensable read for Beatle lovers and anyone interested in the music world.
  

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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

The great Sir George Martin! An absolute must read for the Beatle fan, the songwriter, the recording musician, the sound engineer, the astronaut, or the building superintendent. Or the horse whisperer. Read full review

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User Review  - Joel Ungar - Goodreads

George Martin doesn't write nearly as well as he produced records. If you want a lot of technical details then this is the book for you. It wasn't the book for me. Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
7
Prelude
9
Classical Primer
11
Palates and Palettes
30
Abbey Road
37
All You Need Is Ears
64
Comic Cuts
82
Two Heads Are Better Than One
104
Layering the Cake
141
America Falls
158
Calling My Own Tune
179
A Dash of Pepper
199
Write in the Picture
220
The Recording Angel
240
Building on AIR
261
Tomorrow Never Knows
270

Hard Days and Nights
120

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About the author (1994)

Martin attended the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a B.F.A. with a major in Oil Painting in 1975.

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