Upcoming George Martin bio

Coming in August 2017 – part one of a new George Martin biography

Kenneth Womack is a scholar and a Beatles author who has previously written a few books on the group:  “Long and Winding Roads”, “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles”, “The Beatles Encyclopedia”, and “New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles”. He is currently working on a 2-part biography on George Martin for Chicago Review Press. The first volume will be published August 1, 2017, titled “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early

Years, 1926–1966”. It will be 336 pages and will be published in a hardcover.

From the Publisher:

In the first book of its kind, “Maximum Volume” offers a glimpse into the mind, the music,

and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin’s working-class childhood,

his education, and his musical influences at London’s Guildhall School of Music and

Drama profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and

as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. These musical influences would

become the fount out of which flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the

Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver”, “Sgt.

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, and “Abbey Road”. 

The first of a two-part series, “Maximum Volume” traces Martin’s early years as a scratch

pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking

work as the head of Parlophone Records during the 1950s, when Martin saved the

company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy and spoken-word


In its most dramatic moments, “Maximum Volume” narrates the story of

Martin’s unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their

newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the

band craft numerous Number 1 hits along the group’s progress towards The Ed Sullivan

Show and such landmark songs as “Yesterday” and “In My Life”—Beatles tunes that bear

Martin’s unmistakable musical signature.

1 Response

  1. Unknown says:

    Looks interesting enough to pick up while waiting for volume two of Lewisohn's book. Speaking of, hopefully it incorporates some of the research Lewisohn uncovered, otherwise l can't take it too seriously

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