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

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Gotham Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 387 pages
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A fascinating memoir featuring never-before-told stories from Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick¬—the industry legend who made music history by crafting the groundbreaking sound of the group¬'s most famous records, including Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and Abbey Road

Geoff Emerick was only fifteen years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics ¬“I Want to Hold Your Hand¬” and ¬“She Loves You.¬” Incredibly, at the age of nineteen, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group¬'s groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper¬'s Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made. In their constant quest for experimentation and new sounds¬—and despite the technical limitations of the pre-digital age¬—Emerick developed a slew of innovative recording techniques, many of which are still in use today.

In Here, There and Everywhere, Emerick tells his story for the first time, taking the reader through the hallowed (though somewhat dingy) corridors of Abbey Road Studios to give rare insights into the Beatles¬' unique creative processes and personalities and provide a behind-the- scenes look at how the greatest band of all time made their greatest records. As Emerick describes the Beatles¬' transformation from wide-eyed Liverpool teenagers into tour-savvy professionals, he provides a startling picture of the Fab Four. Fascinating and moving, Here, There and Everywhere illuminates the creative tensions within the band that fueled their early success, but would ultimately lead them to record in separate studios while the partnership was disintegrating.

¬“We all owe some debt to Geoff Emerick¬'s self-effacing work as an engineer and producer . . . there is very little that any group of scruffy musicians can throw at him that he cannot put into some kind of good sonic order. I feel fortunate to have worked with him.¬”
¬—Elvis Costello

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I loved this book which really surprised me. I was a fan of the Beatles so I thought I'd enjoy the book, but what surprised me the parts I liked the most was when the author was explaining how he the ... Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this a lot and read it almost straight through. Emerick's recollections of events that happened 35-40 years before seem almost too detailed to believe, but given their importance and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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.
HOWARD MASSEY is a veteran music journalist, former technical editor for Musician magazine, and the author of eleven books.

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