All You Need Is Ears

All You Need Is Ears

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"George," he said, "I don't know if you'd be interested, but there's a chap who's come in with a tape of a group he runs. They haven't got a recording contract, and I wonder if you'd like to see him and listen to what he's got?"

"Certainly," I said, "I'm willing to listen to anything. Ask him to come and see me."

"O.K., I will. His name's Brian Epstein..."

All You Need Is Ears is the story of George Martin, the man who spotted the Beatles' talent, who recorded and produced them from the start, and who brought their musical ideas to life. In this witty and charming autobiography, he describes exactly what it was like to work in the studio with the Beatles--from the first audition (and his decision to scrap Pete Best on drums) to the wild experimentation of Sgt. Pepper (complete with sound effects, animal noises and full orchestras in evening dress at the direct request of Paul McCartney).

This is a singular look at the most important musical group of all time, and how they made the music that changed the world: No other book can provide George Martin's inside look at their creative process, at the play of genius and practical improvisation that gave them their sound; it is an indispensable read for Beatle lovers and anyone interested in the music world.

Publisher: New York: St. Martin's Press, [1994], c1979.
ISBN: 9780312114824
Branch Call Number: 780.92 MARTI
Characteristics: 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hornsby, Jeremy

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Sep 16, 2016

Being a Beatle fan I was very excited to read George Martin’s autobiography. I learned a bit about him and it was a very detailed book about how he produced records and soundtracks. But it was not very detailed about his personal life and his relationship with the people around him. He spoke a little bit about his relationship with his mom/family, Brian Epstien and the Beatles, but I was hoping to learn more. He didn’t mention how to Beatle break up affected him or his thoughts on it, Yoko Ono in the studio or Allen Klein, he barely mentions his wife, kids. He doesn’t mention his thoughts on The Beatles after the break-up (in the 70s, his relationship with them, did he have a relationship with them? All he mentions is that he worked with Paul on Live and Let Die song). I liked when he would share personal stories and experiences about starting out in the recording business and how he got into music. He was such a talented man, and such an important part of why the Beatles were successful and grew as artists. I also didn’t like the way the book was organized. Sometimes it was hard to follow. At times it was written in chronological order and at times it was not. During one chapter, he talks about recording a Beatle album and a paragraph later (in the same chapter) he is talking about something completely different that happened in the 70s, then goes back to the Beatles. Overall, I am glad I picked it up to read, I admire him and learned a bit about him. But I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are looking for George’s personal experiences with the Beatles (which he is most famously known for) or other artists he worked with. This book focuses mainly on the struggles and experiences he faced with the technical side of the business.

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