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

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,188 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
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 witnes ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2006)
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Paul Bryant
Jul 23, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beatles
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
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Chris
Oct 01, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ed Wagemann
Aug 21, 2010 Ed Wagemann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
charlie
Jul 19, 2010 charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 befor
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Anton
Aug 24, 2009 Anton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dane
Dec 13, 2015 Dane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction
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
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Brian
Dec 29, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
David Sawyer
Feb 28, 2011 David Sawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Malcolm
Jun 19, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it
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
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Derek Hale
Jun 03, 2010 Derek Hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marc Weidenbaum
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 ...more
Cathy
May 16, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sortudas o suficiente ao
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 Dr. Michael Galvin
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 ...more
Charlie
Mar 02, 2016 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura
Aug 13, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.

PS. It's hard to read this book quickly because
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Wdmoor
Jan 09, 2016 Wdmoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, biography
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
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Mike
Aug 06, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michael
May 17, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Ben
Dec 11, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Luisg2099 Eduardo
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 George Har
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Tosh
Nov 17, 2007 Tosh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeff Ramsey
Nov 10, 2014 Jeff Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a behind-the-scenes account of making Beatles records by one of EMI's (Abbey Road) young engineers. As a recording engineer, Geoff Emerick sat side-by-side with George Martin as producer. They helped arrange and recorded some of the Beatles most innovative albums. Geoff describes in detail some the collaborative sounds and effects that went into such classics as "A Day In The Life" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy). Geoff also describes the individual personalities of Paul, John, George, ...more
Nicolas Villamizar
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.
Jordan
Dec 03, 2010 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bayneeta
First, this was an abridged audio edition, and, while I didn't know that when I requested it, it wasn't a bad abridgement, and at 7 CDs it was enough for me. What I was interested in was the behind the scenes glimpses of The Beatles. A very young Emerick worked on most of their albums, and contributed a lot to the sound of the albums. He provides lots of technical stuff about their recording sessions, but it was those descriptions of John, Paul, George, and Ringo that kept me listening. Emerick ...more
Meagan
Sep 02, 2014 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that this book brought me back to so many familiar Beatles recordings with fresh ears. The Revolver and Pepper sections are particularly rewarding, as is Abbey Road (I had no idea George Harrison brought the Moog synthesizer into the sessions!) However, boy does Geoff Emerick have a chip on his shoulder about pretty much everybody but the McCartneys and George Martin. Even Ringo gets mildly badmouthed as being standoffish. And Emerick has nothing good to say about Harrison until the late ...more
Kamil
Apr 05, 2016 Kamil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly essential reading but an interesting book nonetheless, providing a novel perspective on the Beatles' recording sessions. In particular, it shows that creating the band's great albums involved far more than just the four famous members. It is also fascinating to see how much technology has changed the recording process since then, not necessarily for the better.
Unfortunately Emerick seems to bear significantly ill feelings towards everyone involved, the only exception being Paul, with
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Mary Kay
Sep 15, 2015 Mary Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of this book was the sound engineer on many of the Beatles' recordings, so it was interesting to learn about how they created some of the unique sounds on their albums. He also added a lot of perspective on how they interacted in the recording studio, and the way that changed over time.

It was obvious that he connected on a personal level with Paul, and seemed to favor him when discussing the Beatles' personal attributes. I felt that he was too critical of the contributions of George a
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Matt Buckley
Jan 26, 2016 Matt Buckley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight to the little devilish details of famous recordings

This book feels much like peeking behind the curtain. In some ways, it's almost disappointing on the surface; diehard fans of the Beatles would prefer to think of every last intricacy of an album like Sgt. Pepper's as intentional genius. Discovering how much serendipity played a role might un-deify the Fab Four a tad, but only momentarily. By the book's end, you're likely to have an even deeper appreciation for what had been accomp
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Sheila
Feb 22, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to recommend this book, especially to Beatles fans. The author has an insider's view of what happened in the studio during the recording of Revolver and Sgt Pepper's as well as many of their earlier singles such as She Loves You. He was working with the band on the White Album, but quit part way through, due to frustration with the way he felt he was being treated by them and by the tensions within the group itself. He returned to work on Abbey Road but it's worthwhile to point ou ...more
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Geoff Emerick is an English recording studio audio engineer, who is best known for his work with The Beatles' albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles and Abbey Road. He is widely regarded as one of the best audio engineers in all of recording history.
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