Synopses & Reviews
Born just outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Bandand#8217;s debut album, Children of the Future
, and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for the best in the business: Abbey Road
with the Beatles, Led Zeppelinand#8217;s and the Eaglesand#8217; debuts, Whoand#8217;s Next
by the Who, and many others. Even more impressive, Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober, and so he is one of the most reliable and clear-eyed insiders to tell these stories today.
In this entertaining and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over: he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being askedand#160; to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stonesand#8217; first European tour, Jimi Hendrixand#8217;s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatlesand#8217; final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.
Johnsand#8217;s career has been long and prolific, and heand#8217;s still at itand#151;over the last two decades he has worked with Crosby, Stills and Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, most recently, Ryan Adams. Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industryand#151;like musicians themselvesand#151;has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and roll.
An engineer who worked with the Beatles during the productions of "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and other albums describes the innovative recording techniques he utilized throughout the course of his career, shares his insights into the band's creative processes, and remembers their meteoric rise. Reprint.
From the Beatles' recording engineer Geoff Emerick comes a fascinating memoirfeaturing never-before-told stories of the Fab Four.
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. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywhere he 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.
A memoir of a remarkable rock-and-roll career from Glyn Johns, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and sound engineer whose resumand#233; includes work with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Who, the Clash, and many more.
About the Author
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.