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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 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. Pepperand Abbey Roadalbums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywherehe 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.
One of the best-regarded recording engineers and producers in the world, Geoff Emerick has worked with such major artists as Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, and Jeff Beck. He has won four Grammy Awards, including a Technical Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Howard Massey is a veteran music journalist and the author of eleven books. As a recording engineer, he has worked with major artists such as Elvis Costello and Kraftwerk.