The innovative recording engineer who recorded the Beatles's greatest albums and singles reveals for the first time the extraordinary inside story of how the Fab Four created their best-loved songs
In 1962, at the age of fifteen, Geoff Emerick landed his dream job as an assistant recording engineer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. At the time, the facility was world-renowned for classical recordings, but it was also the home of an obscure comedy label named Parlophone, run by producer George Martin. On just his second day there, Emerick was present as a scruffy-looking quartet from Liverpool called the Beatles came in for their first ever recording session. Their sound was rough, but the band made an indelible impression on EMI's staffers and on young Emerick in particular, not least because of the way John and Paul confronted George Martin, insisting on recording a song they had written themselves, rather than the bland fare the label wanted. That song, "Love Me Do," soon rocketed up the charts, and popular music has never been the same.
Over the next seven years, Emerick would work alongside the Beatles as they transformed from teenaged amateurs into an international sensation unlike anything the world had ever known. At the age of nineteen, Emerick would be promoted to full engineer, charged with recording the group's groundbreaking album, Revolver. As he and the band pushed the limits of recording technology, he pioneered methods that created a new signature sound for the Beatles. From his innovative use of tape loops and vocal distortion (on "Tomorrow Never Knows") and backwards recording ("I'm Only Sleeping") to forging new microphone techniques for Ringo's drums and Paul's bass, Emerick's work would change the art of sound engineering. A year later the bar would be raised further still as he and the group recorded what many have called the greatest album of all time: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.
In Here, There and Everywhere, Emerick recounts his experiences in the studio with the Beatles, bringing to life the behind-the-scenes musical innovations and sonic experimentations that resulted in the group's finest recordings. He takes you inside the creation of classic tracks from "She Loves You" to "A Day In The Life," including the raucous recording sessions for "Yellow Submarine" (featuring Mick Jagger and a chorus of hard-partying celebrities) and the first-ever worldwide live satellite broadcast, as a nervous John Lennon sings "All You Need Is Love" to an audience of millions.
The book also provides a rare insight into the relationships of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, revealing the complex and often contentious creative process of the band at work. Emerick explains how the relentless songwriting competition between John and Paul that fueled the Beatles' early successes would later grow mean-spirited, leading the two to write and record separately. He also details how George's developing talents and interests steered the band into new directions, and how the infiltration of outsiders poisoned the group dynamic, resulting in caustic infighting that began during The White Album and continued through the recording of Abbey Road, eventually leading to the band's dissolution.
A poignant and deeply personal look at the creation of the Beatles' best-loved songs, Here, There and Everywhere is the inside story of the world's greatest band and their timeless music.