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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World
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Alistair Lawrence (Author) George Martin
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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World

Alistair Lawrence (Author) George Martin


Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Music recording & reproduction;
Biography: arts & entertainment;
Music industry


304 pages

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The first photographic celebration of the most famous recording studio in the world, publishing in its 80th year. Unprecedented access to the Abbey Road archive - from Edward Elgar to the Beatles, Kate Bush to Elbow the most famous artists in the world have recorded here. This gorgeous book includes material on the artists, the engineers, the technology and the history of Abbey Road. It's an incredible document of cultural history, for anyone who values music and how it's made.

By:   Alistair Lawrence (Author)
Foreword by:   George Martin
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 225mm, 
Weight:   1.268kg
ISBN:   9781408884201
ISBN 10:   1408884208
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   January 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio complex in the world and with an unparalleled history of recording, working with some of the world's most celebrated artists, producers, composers and orchestras. The studios have been at the heart of the music industry for 80 years and have been the location of countless landmark recordings. Abbey Road remains one of the most technically advanced recording and mixing facilities in the world with a unique blend of vintage equipment and today's leading technology. Alistair Lawrence is a freelance music journalist.

Lucid and lavishly illustrated-a fine gift for pop and music history buffs. Appropriately ambitious biography of the recording studio that gave the world the Beatles' eponymous swan song-but also, lest it be forgotten, the works of Helen Shapiro and Vanessa-Mae. Helen and Vanessa who? It helps to be a music geek, if not of a certain age, to appreciate the depths of BBC music critic Lawrence's history of Abbey Road studios, which has been online for nearly nine decades now. For those who are not such geeks, then the basic bits of essential knowledge, all to be found in his pages, are these: The studio was built in the heart of St. John's Wood, London's first garden suburb, in a refitted Georgian mansion, and in those august surroundings was inaugurated under the baton of none other than Edward Elgar, he of Pomp and Circumstance fame. It was also a sonic laboratory, a place to test not only gear to help King George VI work through his stutter (the stuff of the hit movie The King's Speech) but also the stereophonic, aurally deceptive goodies that would be put to use in the psychedelic era under the tutelage of good Sir George Martin. Before all that, though, Abbey Road had to make the transition from stuffy classical facility to pop wonderland. If you knew that the first pop hit to emerge from Abbey Road was Cowpuncher's Cantata in 1952, then you will not need or profit from Lawrence's considerable labors, but if you did not-or did not know that Pink Floyd, Radiohead and even Mel Gibson recorded here-then this book is certainly worthy of time and exploration. One might quibble with some of his assessments (Was Jeff Beck's Truth really a forerunner of metal? Were the Hollies really just another cover band?), but Lawrence makes up for it with plenty of fine factual writing, especially on the technological side. Lucid and lavishly illustrated-a fine gift for pop and music history buffs. Kirkus

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