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

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Penguin, Mar 16, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Geoff Emerick became 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. He later worked with the Beatles as they recorded their singles “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the songs that would propel them to international superstardom. In 1964 he would witness the transformation of this young and playful group from Liverpool into professional, polished musicians as they put to tape classic songs such as “Eight Days A Week” and “I Feel Fine.”

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 and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywhere he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and describes how he achieved the sounds on their most famous songs. Emerick also brings to light the personal dynamics of the band, from the relentless (and increasingly mean-spirited) 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.

 

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User Review  - amyolivia - LibraryThing

If you keep the subtitle in mind (My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles), it's easy to appreciate Emerick's point of view. If you're a huge Ringo or George fan, you might want to steer clear of this one, but he paints Paul like a guy you'd really want to be friends with. Read full review

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User Review  - coloradogirl14 - LibraryThing

I have to add a disclaimer on here - I'm a huge Beatles nut, so I'm going to devour just about anything written about them. But I have to say that this book is by far one of the best I've read so far ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Elvis Costello
CHAPTER 1
Number Three Abbey Road
CHAPTER 4
Beatlemania
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
and Yellow Submarine
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
The Final Stroll Across Abbey Road
CHAPTER 15
From Elvis to the Anthologies
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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Geoff Emerick joined Abbey Road Studios as an assistant engineer in 1962 and was promoted to full engineer in 1966, leaving to build the Beatles’ Apple Recording Studios in 1969. After the dissolution of the Beatles, he continued to engineer for Paul McCartney, as well as artists such as Elvis Costello, America, Jeff Beck, and Art Garfunkel. He has won four Grammy Awards, including a Technical Grammy Award in 2003.

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