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

Here There and Everywhere My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in at age fifteen and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs He later worked with

  • Title: Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
  • Author: Geoff Emerick Howard Massey Elvis Costello
  • ISBN: 9781592402694
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 wiGeoff 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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    1. Like a lot of books about music this is appallingly (ghost)written, with ghastly cliches and corny embarrassing dialogue all over the place which is impossible to believe of course (why do people think they have to invent 40 year old dialogue anyway?) but the fact remains Geoff Emerick was there, he engineered those sessions, he saw, he remembered, and he's still alive. So for a Beatle fan like me, it's a must-read, and there are very few must-read Beatle books. What do we learn?Well, nothing te [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book but I'm also the type that enjoys anything related to the Beatles. Emerick's insider view of many of the recordings sessions informs on the Beatles working and personal dynamics. He's clearly most enamored with Paul McCartney which at times seemed to interfere with objectivity of his stories. But his opinions are obvious and therefore easy to ignore if they annoy you like they did me. I wasn't aware how inseparable John and Yoko actually were. Yoko even had a bed set u [...]

    3. Lately I'm starting to believe that 90% of what makes a good book is the subject matter and the other 10% is the author not being a total ass hat. In Geoff Emerick's Here There and Everywhere it would be hard pressed to find a subject matter that is more interesting to me right now. Emerick was like 15 years old when he started working for EMI and participating on Beatle recordings. He was there in fact for the first ever Beatle recording and eventually became the sound engineer for all of their [...]

    4. Definitely not a book for the casual Beatles fan. Emerick was 'balance engineer" on their first, last and most Beatles recordings in between. He knows where the mic's were placed, how the sounds were gotten on those ground-breaking mid/late period recordings. He knows John was an angry guy, Yoko had no business being there, Paul was a pushy pain in the ass (100+ takes of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da would drive any sane person to murder). He never really spoke to George or Ringo, and he seems to have thou [...]

    5. I can only review from the pov of a complete Beatles geek. I have read most of the biographies by various journos and hangers on and i love the music pure and simple thats the context.This is my favorite of them all (shout out to Philip Nolan's Shout bio tho). Its the stories I really wanted to know not the chisme about who did drugs and who was gay - its about the creation of the music sonically. And what is happening behind the scenes when the songs we have heard a million times before were be [...]

    6. Priceless treasure trove of Beatles engineering, musical, psychological, and gossipy tidbits, written by the greatest engineer of pop music, who was instrumental in creating Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, and Abbey Road. Also a great window into the Abbey Road recording culture of the 60s and recording history in general. He comes off as an amiable guy with excellent ears, good will, and a great memory. None of the Beatles escape quite unscathed, but it's nice to see them described as normal moody hum [...]

    7. I read this book cueing up each song as the making of it was being discussed and listening repeatedly. Geoff Emerick gives such great detail about song after song, album after album, and that is the strength of this book. I will never forget the story, for instance about the recording of the two orchestral effects in A Day In the Life; before, they were just among the many interesting sounds on Sgt. Pepper. Now I listen intently to them, fascinated and smiling like an idiot. There are also lots [...]

    8. Do you consider yourself a Beatles fan? Then you need to read this book. This is doubly true if you have any interest whatsoever in how music is made and recorded.Emerick was the audio engineer for Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, part of The White Album, and lots of The Fab Four's singles. In the book, he recounts his experiences recording The Beatles. You read about his observations about the individual bandmembers' personalities, and most interestingly, about how the band's creative process [...]

    9. 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 engineer got the sounds that the band was looking for. So come read it for the music but stay to find out about sound engineers. After his descriptions of Revolution and Sgt. Peppers I had to stop reading and go listen to the albums so I could hear for myself what Emerick is describing.

    10. Fantastic book that every Beatles fan should read. It makes you feel like you are in the recording studio with them as they record their greatest albums, work endless hours to achieve a specific "sound" and fight over a digestive biscuit. I have a new appreciation for all their albums and the recording process in general. I wish this book was written when I was a teenager, because I would have set out to become a sound engineer, like Geoff Emerick. It's hard to read this book quickly because you [...]

    11. This book was spectacular! I loved learning about recording the Beatles, and even though I heard their songs a billion times, Geoff Emerick would talk about a certain technique and the result which made me go back to whatever song he was referring to and listen to it again. The book definitely helped me hear new things in Beatles songs that I haven't thought twice about before and it made me love the songs even more! I highly recommend this book to any Beatles fan or any musician as I am both.

    12. Es un libro muy curioso si te interesa todo el tema técnico del sonido y las grabaciones musicales, te da algo de perspectiva de como se hacían las cosas antes para que las compares con como se hacen ahora.

    13. Written by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles takes you inside the world of The Beatles in the recording studio from 1962 to 1970. Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he started as an assistant sound engineer at EMI Studios in London (now known as Abbey Road studios), and was there in the control room when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr first laid down tracks together in 1962. Under the tutela [...]

    14. Geoff Emerick has the privilege of being the man who can claim to have done more direct engineering for the Beatles and subsequently the solo artists than anybody else. He also can boast some serious chops as a gifted engineer in his own right.In the book, he talks about his experiences, primarily in the control room during sessions, in and around the Beatles. Imagine that your job involved something historic happening over there, in the conference room, and now you're able to tell stories about [...]

    15. Geoff Emerick descreve a sua experiência como sendo o engenehiro de gravação dos The Beatles, enquadrando -se o livro no gênero memórias / rquivo. O seu livro não tem um estilo populista cheio de histórias da vida pessoal de cada membro da banda, mas antes uma visão valiosa sobre o funcionamento do grupo. Assim, o verdadeiro valor deste livro é a descrição da observação em primeira mão dos Beatles no seu ambiente mais importante: o estúdio de gravação!Algumas pessoas são sortud [...]

    16. Highly recommended. The book is a survey of the recording of many of the major Beatles albums from the recording room's perspective, which is to say from that of Geoff Emerick, the band's longtime engineer. It also provides a peek into some of Paul McCartney's solo work, including an incident when the band was threatened by supporters of Fela, who felt McCartney might be in Lagos to steal his rhythms. The book is valuable for its insight into the creative life of the Beatles (who did what, how t [...]

    17. Interessantíssim testimoni i punt de vista sobre els Beatles en el seu pas pels estudis de gravació. Paral.lelament riquíssim aprenentatge sobre la ingenyeria de so dels anys seixanta. Molt gran Geoff Emerick. Tots plegats uns cracks!

    18. Geoff Emerick was an engineer Abbey Road Studio and worked closely with George Martin on many of The Beatles albums. It is interesting to get inside the recording studio with Geoff and The Beatles to see how many of their later albums were conceived and the many tricks Geoff & George Martin had to pull out of their hats to accomplish the sounds the Beatles were hearing in their heads. Geoff is a bit tough on George Harrison. He does not speak highly of George as a guitar player and I must ta [...]

    19. Geoff Emerick was an eyewitness to musical history. Emerick began his career as a recording engineer just as the Beatles to EMI. He was chosen to engineer the Beatles albums and the rest is history. His pairing with producer George Martin allowed the Fab Four's music to roam free and innovate in wild and wonderful ways.Emerick tells story after story and, in the process, gives outstanding details about the albums and the personalities that created them. Paul McCartney comes across best; not surp [...]

    20. This book was a lot of fun, highly recommended for boomers who grew up with the Beatles and any Beatles fans. This book is sprinkled with wonderful tidbits. Taxman is the opening song on Revolver, and halfway through it has a smoking-hot guitar solo. George Harrison wrote the song, and even though he's the lead guitarist he was unable to get the solo mastered after hours of trying. George Martin finally had Paul McCartney do it and he knocked it out in two takes. I had no idea.Everyone is going [...]

    21. Terrific. Emerick, the sound engineer who helped record almost every Beatles album, writes a lively fast-moving memoir about working the Fab Four. Almost the entire book takes place in the studio, and Emerick does a great job focusing on the nuts and bolts of being a sound engineer and what goes into making an album. His portraits of the Beatles themselves seem honest and real, with no punches pulled (he surprisingly reveals that George Harrison was a terrible guitar player in the studio, and th [...]

    22. Geoff Emerick was the Beatles engineer from the very first record to the magical Sgt Pepper sessions to the horrifying White Album sessions. This book reveals candidly the good, the bad, and the ugly, including George Martin replacing Ringo with an uncredited session drummer, Yoko in bed in the studio, the disastrous trip to India, how Ringo (literally) destroyed the Apple studio, recording "Band on the Run" in a spider infested Nigerian studio, working with Paul the day John died, etc. There's [...]

    23. Genial libro, me fascino, todos los entresijos de lo que es la música de los Beatles, sí,la originalidad estaba en sus mentes y sensibilidades, pero llevarlo a cinta, la tarea de George Martin y de Geoff Emerick, lleno de anécdotas que iluminan los procesos creativos de la idea a la acción, a los oídos de millones.Emerick, un creador en busca de genios para quienes crear, una vida llena y plena de espacios para imaginar los sonidos de los genios.Muy buen libro, eso sí, cómo maltrata a Geo [...]

    24. I read this a few months ago and I haven't thought of music the same since. Emerick's writing is a more rock journalism style than I expected: he doesn't like George or his music until 69 or so, loves Paul, sympathizes with Cynthia, etc. His stories, however, are true inspiration to anyone recording their own music. All I need to do is open up and read a few pages of this book, and I'm burning to be off to the studio to record. As such, it's a great gift for any home recording musician or Beatle [...]

    25. It's a fascinating document or a bird's eye view of what was happening in the recording sessions with the Beatles. The one thing that turns me off is the author's almost total disregard for George Harrison's personality and songs. Without a doubt he is an important part of the Beatles machinery, and to dismiss Harrison' work seems silly. But still it's interesting commentary from one of the chief Beatle engineers.

    26. Excelent document of The Beatles' studio experience, although Emerick's favor towards McCartney is evident, he manages to give great insights on all fab 4 and important characters involved with them. The details of the recording techniques used on the different Beatles albums makes this book a must read for anyone interested in sound and music.

    27. A tale of the greatest party on earth told from the squarest guy in the room. There are probably a hundred better books on the Beatles, but if you're into audio production, there are a few gems in here.

    28. Very hard to read due to constant lobbying Potentially has much to offer. The problems are Emerick's constant lobbying against what Lennon, and his tendency towards a repetitive all-was-lost-until-I-found-the-problem narrative.The portraits of Lennon and McCartney are extremely split; there is a constant glorifying of McCartney, and diminishment of Lennon that is quite narrow and seems driven by some motive. It is interesting if he can offer some reality on these much mythologized figures, even [...]

    29. I agree with Paul Bryant's review. This is not a great book. I learned a lot about recording technology and the brilliance and artistry of the Beatles. And a handful of insights only an insider would have, which is great. So even after reading a dozen other books about the Beatles and that period of history, I have even more understanding of the profound impact they had on our culture and on my life, having discovered them in 1964 at age 12. But what a price I paid! Did I really want to spend 40 [...]

    30. Just when I thought I had nothing more to say about the Beatles:I haven't read a book on the Beatles in nearly ten years at least. In fact, I can't think off the top of my head that I've read any book--at least cover to cover--chronicling a music artist since I graduated high school. Perhaps it's because I did it to death as a fanatical teenager, and I'm sure working at record stores plus this crazy, new contraption they call "The Internet" where you can just read snippets here and there PLUS ha [...]

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