Dienstag 4. September 2018:
GEORGE MARTIN: Buch SOUND PICTURES – THE LIFE OF BEATLES PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN – THE LATER YEARS 1966 – 2016.
Autor: Kenneth Womack / Verlag in USA: Chicago Reviw PR, USA; ISBN-10: 0912777745, ISBN-13: 978-0912777740
Gebundenes Buch / Format: 22,9 cm x 15,2 cm / 560 Seiten / englischsprachig.
Praise for MAXIMUM VOLUME:
“They seemed an unlikely partnership–the Beatles, who knew everything about rock and roll music, and their classically trained producer George Martin, who knew very little. But as Kenneth Womack uncovers in this engrossing and forensically detailed biography, the recording studio became a ‘magic workshop’ and George Martin a musical wizard when it came to the Beatles’ songs. A fascinating read.” –Ray Connolly, author of Being Elvis
“An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it.” —Kirkus Reviews
“George Martin transformed the role of ‘producer’ as much as the Beatles transformed our idea of a ‘band, ‘ so Kenneth Womack’s engaging account of Martin’s life fills a major hole on pop music’s shelf. For a rich, illuminating understanding of how the Beatles catalog transcends song, performance, and arrangement, jump through this hogshead of real fire: tonight, George Martin tops the bill.” –Tim Riley, author of Tell Me Why and Lennon: Man, Myth, Music
“A marvelous magical mystery tour behind the wizard’s curtain–one that leaves us with a deep understanding of one of the key architects of pop culture. Essential reading for anyone who’s ever had a soundtrack to their dreams.” –Vivek J. Tiwary, author of The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story
“The book contains enough fresh information and informed insight about the group’s early years to satisfy the most devout Beatlemaniac.”–ForeWord Reviews
“Beatles fans will love this and look forward to Womack’s continuation of the Martin story.” –Booklist Online
“Even though Paul McCartney dubbed him the ‘Fifth Beatle, ‘ George Martin was always more than the Beatles’ producer, and Kenneth Womack’s highly detailed and immensely readable second volume again captures the talent, determination, and warmth of one of popular music’s great innovators and true gentlemen.”–BRIAN SOUTHALL, author of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
“Through a generous helping of firsthand accounts and his insightful storytelling skills, Kenneth Womack brings to life the creative process by which the Beatles’ late music was presented to the world. Covering 1966 to the end of George Martin’s life, Sound Pictures captures the imagination, expertise, and humor in the Beatles’ partnership with their production and engineering team, connecting the dots with interpretations of Martin’s important side projects and post-Beatles work. Fascinating reading!”–WALTER EVERETT, author of The Beatles as Musicians
“Fulfilling the promise of his first volume, Kenneth Womack narrates the high season and post-Beatles portion of Martin’s career with enough engineering details to please sound geeks, framed inside inviting prose for the general reader. While the Fab Four dominated Martin’s work, his many outside projects ranged from soundtracks, arrangements, and arch professional diplomacy to inexplicably overlooked bands like the Action. In Womack’s telling, Martin emerges as something far more than a footnote in the Beatles’ story.”–TIM RILEY, author of Lennon
“Kenneth Womack’s engrossing biography of George Martin offers a fascinating and compelling look at the producer’s career–from his remarkable partnership with the Beatles to the pioneering work he composed and produced in the decades after the breakup. Womack celebrates Martin’s humor, talent, and genius, providing new insights into the man who exerted such a profound impact on music history. A must-read for musicians, producers, Beatles fans, and music lovers.”–SCOTT FREIMAN, filmmaker, Deconstructing the Beatles
“Complete the Martin set with this strong addition to Womack’s impressive list of Beatles books.” —Booklist
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Kenneth Womack’s books include Maximum Volume, Long and Winding Roads, The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia, and New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles. Womack is dean of humanities and social sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as professor of English.
Freitag 14. September 2018: George Martin Biography – Part Two: Sound Pictures
The second installment in an exceptional two-part biography of Beatle producer, the late Sir George Martin, has just hit bookstores in the US and the UK.
We reviewed part 1: MAXIMUM VOLUME – THE LIFE OF BEATLES PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN – THE EARLY YEARS 1926 – 1966, back in January and have been hanging out to get our hands on Part 2 ever since.
Now, SOUND PICTURES – THE LIFE OF BEATLES PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN – THE LATER YEARS 1966 – 2016 is finally here. Like the first book in the series, there are different covers for each market.
Author Kenneth Womack really has created the definitive biography the man widely regarded as The Fifth Beatle. In this second volume he takes up the story from 1966, when the Beatles have just released their RUBBER SOUL album to huge audience and critical acclaim: „At this point, the Beatles were in the midst of riding a winning streak in the UK, with eleven consecutive number-one singles – the latest being the double A-sided DAY TRIPPER backed with We Can Work It Out, which was released in December 1965 and had rung in 1966 atop the UK charts. The pressure was definitely on to maintain the Beatles’ commercial dominion in their home country, and the group’s principal songwriters took the competition very seriously indeed, with John and Paul regularly vying to see who could land the next A-side.“
In those sentences Womack sums up the huge weight of expectation that was on the band, not only to keep on coming up with the goods in the form of hit records, and to maintain their hectic performance and appearance schedule, but also internally to keep moving forward creatively, to stretch themselves, try out new sounds and new ways of doing things.
In SOUND PICTURES we get a birds-eye view of the Beatles at their most creative. Their decision in late 1966 not to tour anymore but just use their albums to talk to their fans, they set a course that led to the release of four consecutive LPs that always make it into any ‘best albums of all time’ lists: REVOLVER 1966, SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 1967, THE BEATLES (THE WHITE ALBUM) 1968, and ABBEY ROAD 1969. When the Beatles decided to use the studio as their instrument it was Sir George who was there to guide them – and we’re all luckier for it.
Add to that amazing list of LPs a string of Number 1 singles (like ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE backed with Baby, You’re A Rich Man, HELLO GOODBYE backed with I Am The Walrus, PENNY LANE backed with Strawberry Fields Forever, LADY MADONNA backed with The Inner Light, HEY JUDE backed with Revolution and SOMETHING backed with Come Together to name but a few) and you start to get an idea of the wave of creativity being unleashed. George Martin was central and influential in each and every recording.
Sure, as the Beatles became more confident in the studio the dynamic between the band and their production team changed throughout this period – especially around the time of THE WHITE ALBUM (and Womack goes into some detail on this) – but they usually found their way back to George Martin for guidance in some form or other. It’s a trend that continued right through the eighties with the release of the Beatle catalogue on CD for the first time, the huge Anthology project, and right up to more recent releases like the BEATLES LOVE, where many of their songs were remastered and radically remixed. As well as having helped create it, Martin was closely involved in caretaking the legacy too.
Throughout the time frame of SOUND PICTURES, Sir George was working as an independent producer, arranger and composer. He started up his own company called AIR, and established his own recording studio facilities as well, so in the book we get to learn about the huge catalogue of artists he collaborated with and some of the significant musical productions he was associated with. George Martin has worked with performers as diverse as Cilla Black, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rogers, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney as solo artists, America, Celine Dion, Jimmy Webb and John McLaughlin. It extends right up to his passing in 2016 and goes well beyond his work with the Beatles.
This is an excellent book, a great read, and Kenneth Womack should be congratulated for the depth of his research and the engaging way he tells the story of one of the greats of the music business. Highly recommended.
If you are looking for a soundtrack to accompany these two volumes as you read you could worse than getting hold of the six CD set, PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN – 50 YEARS IN RECORDING. It was released in 2001.