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on 14 November 2016
The late George Martin became famous as the man who produced the Beatles' records. Here is his autobiography (written with the help of a journalist) and if you're interested at all in how records are made you will find this fascinating. George Martin recorded orchestras, he recorded comedians, he recorded solo singers and he recorded rock bands. He came from a poor family impoverished by the Depression and rose to be one of the worlds' most respected record producers picking up a knighthood en route. A great read.
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on 30 September 2015
We all know everything about the Fab Four, but what do we know of Martin, the fifth Beatle? That's why this outstanding book should be essential reading. Written with much humour and self depreciation it details much of the creative recording processes that went on, not shunning some technical details every now and then. The book also paints an interesting picture of the post war recording industry and its many changes over the next decades.
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on 27 July 2017
Fascinating look at the Beatles success through the eyes of the man who made it all happen.
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on 13 June 2017
Really enjoyed this book, it's a fascinating read.
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on 16 March 2017
a bit too technical. Only a few really interesting chapters
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on 5 June 2017
Great book and wonderful musical history.
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on 1 April 2016
what we had missed without him.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 August 2008
Sir George Martin writes as he talks, which is straightforward and with great knowledge of the record industry. So this book is awash with great little stories from his career, together with a lot of interesting information on the many artists he had produced at the time this book was written.

Obviously more time is spent on The Beatles, but he combines this discussion of the artists with quite a bit of technical information charting the history of recording techiques as they developed. Its here for me where the book probably loses a bit more than a star, as my interest (or perhaps lack of understanding) waned after I had read 2 or 3 pages on the advent of stereo.

That last comment is an important point. This book was written in the 1970's so anybody buying this to learn how a great record producer handles modern recording techniques will be sadly dissappointed.

However overall its an entertaining and mainly interesting read written by one of the best record producers (and certainly the most important) this country has ever produced.
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on 20 May 2017
Very interesting book
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on 5 May 2017
title says it all
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