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Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles | [Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey]

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

Geoff Emerick was only 15 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 19, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Geoff Emerick was only 15 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 19, 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 listener 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.

©2006 Emerick SoftPaw Productions, Inc. and Howard Massey; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The book packs its share of surprises and will delight Beatle fans curious about how the band's groundbreaking records were made." (Publishers Weekly)

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    sparkerart 09-07-08
    sparkerart 09-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Must For Any Beatles Fan"

    This book was absolutely riveting. While I was listening to this book, I was simultaneously reading "Lennon" by Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife. I found that her accounts of what was going on at home were matching up perfectly with Emmerick's accounts of what was happening in the studio, which for me lent quite a bit of credibility to the book.

    Not only do you get really interesting detail about the creation of iconic songs we all know by heart, but you get an interesting look at the Beatles from a totally different perspective than what we have gotten in the past. Other biographies deal with aspects of their careers and personal lives that have pretty much become legend; we've heard it all before,and some of it is mere conjecture. But this is stuff we've never heard before. Emmerick was in the studio with them every day, working with them as they recorded their albums, witnessing their interaction...it's like being a fly on the wall during their recording sessions. I found I had to keep running to the computer, putting on the headphones, and listening to the songs I had just read about - now saying "wow, yes, I can hear that effect!"

    The British narrator does a supurb job, and I had to remind myself that this was not the author speaking, such was his authentic reading. Even if you are not an avid Beatles fan, this is a fascinating book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    scott palm desert, ca, United States 11-07-11
    scott palm desert, ca, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A must listen for any major Beatle fan."

    I thought I had head or read everytrhing about the Beatles. This book gives some insight to how the minds of Lennon & McCartney worked. I really enjoy listening the pulling out the old recordings and listen for the little things that are talked about in this book. Really enjoyed this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy A. Smith 08-23-06 Member Since 2006
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    "The problem is there is no music"

    Here is how you should listen to this book, so that it merits 4 stars. Rip as many Beatles songs as you can, since you cannot buy them on iTunes, and put them on your iPod. Then, after he tells the story of each song, (there may be a list, but I don't have it) play the song, and then go back to the story. Actually, two iPods is more efficient. My wife and I did this on a long drive, with me as sound engineer, and it was great fun. It really is a damn shame that they apparently could not get the rights to the songs discussed to make this a real pleasure. In any case, "A Day in the Life" will never be the same after you hear the story of how it was made. Best Beatles song; best anecdote.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Panama City, FL, United States 05-22-11
    Tim Panama City, FL, United States 05-22-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Really, really good book!"

    It may not be for general audience. But for anyone who has done some recording this is a mind blowing book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Rockville, MD, USA 10-03-07
    Rich Rockville, MD, USA 10-03-07
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    "Dust off Your Sgt Peppers Mono LP!"

    A fascinating perspective and account of the Beatles. Full of great stories behind the songs & deeply revealing of the personalities between the band members over time. Emerick's descriptions of the techniques he employed to achieve different effects and/or sounds are priceless. The reader's imitations of the Beatles voices were quite good. This book exceeded my expectations and made me appreciate the Beatles' music on a deeper level, even after all these years.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Crawley 12-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Here, There, and Everywhere again? Why?

    Yes... it spoke to me!!! This was an eye opener and an epic first hand tale of facts and life changing events !!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Here, There, and Everywhere?

    The Sergeant Pepper period....Geoff captures the spirit of what the lads were doing....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Abby road Studio sessions...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes most def!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This was pure historical genius...very educating and informative of several levels....

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    Michael Abril 08-21-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great book for Beatles Fans"
    Would you listen to Here, There, and Everywhere again? Why?

    I listened to this book and loved it. I listened to this audiobook while in my car during long commutes and sometimes stayed in my car after I arrived to listen to the rest of a passage. My only wish about this book is for a way to jump easily to the song Geoff was talking about. Instead, I had to switch to iTunes and look for the song in my iTunes library.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Here, There, and Everywhere?

    The making of A Day in the Life.


    What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He uses English accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Beatles Inside Story


    Any additional comments?

    Looking for another Beatles book to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Mark Meunier western ,Mass 06-01-14
    Mr. Mark Meunier western ,Mass 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A short book with some insights"
    What did you like best about Here, There, and Everywhere? What did you like least?

    There are insights in this book to the Beatles characters that I haven't heard anywhere else.This guy was there production/ sound guy so he was there but the one story omitted was the " note " , the final cord played at the end of " A day in the life " which was allowed to fad out for ever. I heard it was done by bringing in a dozen pianos and at a given signal each person played an " E cord" . It's a great story but no mention of it in this book!!!! How could the greatest note played in rock and roll be overlooked?


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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 05-22-14
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful Insight into an important era in history"

    My only regret with this book was that it couldn't be paired with the actual Beatles' songs that it referred to - but I totally fixed that problem by keeping all my music on my iPhone. Each time I learned more about a song, I listened to it several times, trying to catch the new details that were so amazing to understand.

    I lived through this era as a young teen and will never forget the magic of The Beatles. Thank you for providing such amazing insight in such an entertaining fashion! Well done!

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    prism 08-01-13
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    "Outstanding."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I strongly recommend this book to serious Beatle fans, epsecially if you're interested in the recoding session.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a recording engineer for the Beatles, Geoff Emerick was in a unique and gifted position to provide a first hand account of the Beatles in the studio.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A unique insider account of the Beatles in the studio.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is absolutely fascinating and well told. The narration is excellent.

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