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

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,725 ratings  ·  206 reviews
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 t
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Gotham (first published 2006)
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Paul Bryant
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
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
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
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
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
Brian
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
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
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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David Sawyer
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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 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
Ben
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
Tosh
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
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
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
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
Mike
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
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
Malcolm
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
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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Sheila
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
Jeremy
5 starts doesn't seem like enough for this gem of a book. I literally feel like I was present in the studio with the Beatles for the albums that Geoff engineered. His descriptions of the recording techniques, personalities and abilities of all involved, and interesting tidbits that occurred on songs made this book an EXCELLENT read and one that I will refer to again and again in the course of my life. Listening to Abbey Road again for example after learning so much of the context behind it, was ...more
Ryn McAtee
Highly enjoyable read. In the epic Beatles legend, the technicalities of the music itself tends to fall by the wayside, especially the technology used. I found Emerick's accounts of the methods and innovations he used to achieve the sound on the Beatles' records absolutely fascinating.

I also thought his personal anecdotes and interpretation of events with the Beatles were interesting as well. In some instances, the book does read like a love letter to Paul McCartney, but Emerick doesn't hesitate
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Sally
I really liked this book. It's the first Beatles-related book I've read with any real substance, so I don’t have others to compare it to really, but I LOVE reading about how the music itself was made.

My only annoyance is how he describes the Beatles. I just kept thinking "OMG, dude, please calm down, you love Paul, he’s the best person in the whole world, we get it." But if that wasn’t enough, he then rips apart all the other Beatles every chance he gets. Once I was done with the book, I was abl
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Jim Ruiz
Feb 25, 2008 Jim Ruiz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatle nuts
I didn't read this whole book because I find the Beatles kind of boring past Revolver. Also I didn't want to hear about things turning ugly, Yoko showing up at the studio, how they all got to hate each other and so forth.
What I found fascinating about this book was the insight into the the uptight culture in EMI studios that The Beatles helped destroy. A time when the musicians made the music and the professionals recorded them. Now there's a radical thought!
What I found most thought provok
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Robert Mood
Who knows how many people were either considered to be, or claimed to be, the "fifth Beatle." Although Geoff never makes such a claim, he bloody well could: as much as the Beatles did as Artists (capital A emphasized), so much of what made them what they were/are was due to their adventurous recordings (especially Revolver and Pepper). Although there is some axe-grinding in the book (George Martin takes a hit, and Geoff seems to have a bit of an issue with the Other George as well), dude deserve ...more
Carles Fabrego-Vinyeta
M' agraden els llibres de memòries i sóc un fanàtic dels Beatles des que vaig fer 9 anys, per això no és d'estranyar que aquest llibre m'hagi fet gaudir com un mandril en zel.

El somni irrealitzable de qualsevol mitòman i admirador dels Beatles hauria estat poder-los espiar durant les sessions de gravació i aquest llibre fa realitat aquest somni a través de Geoff Emerick, enginyer de so d' EMI, que va ser present a gairebé totes les sessions i més. D'una manera molt amena, gens tècnica, l'autor e
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Liam Spires
If you are looking for a definitive story on the work of the Beatles, look no further than "Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles". This is an inside story from audio engineer Geoff Emerick, who begins by telling about his interest in the music industry, and soon tells how he got a job at EMI studios. From there on, he tells of his experiences of working with famous musicians (such as Judy Garland and Elvis Costello), but mostly his many rich experiences with t ...more
Tyler Jones
I read this one a few years back and I'm surprised at how much of it I remember. Emerick delivered exactly what I wanted him to - an insider's look at what the day to day working life of the Beatles was like, as well as a sense of what they were like as people.

Emerick put me there in the early days when John was the undisputed leader - the man with the plan that would take them to the "topper most of the popper most." The slow withdrawal of John into drugs and other interests creating a vacuum
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