Musician, recording engineer and producer, and author of The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals, Jerry Hammack, joins us for a live Q&A today at 11AM PST.
His Beatles Recording Reference Manuals reveal the secrets behind the recording of the band’s entire catalogue. Volume 2 was just released, the second of what will be a four-volume set.
In January, volume 1 was nominated for an Award of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). The new book picks up where the first left off, covering “Help!”, “Rubber Soul”, and “Revolver” (1965-1966).
“This period in The Beatles’ development is really fascinating,” says Hammack. “It’s a time where the demands of Beatlemania end and they are able to explore both from a songwriting and recording perspective. It represents the emergence of their unique voices as writers (think, ‘In My Life’) as well as their use of the studio to create sounds the world would never expect from a pop band (as in ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’).”
Jerry and I will take your questions live on YouTube at 11AM PST discussing all things Beatles and recording. We did a live Q&A a few months back! You can watch that here.
Jerry Hammack has dedicated 35 years to the musical arts and is uniquely qualified to sort out the story of The Beatles’ recordings. From his home in Toronto, Canada, he explains, “Understanding how The Beatles put these songs together can open a whole new world for fans, engineers and producers. My goal is to share this knowledge, increase the appreciation of their accomplishments and hopefully open the door to a new experience for those who love the band like I do.”
An essential companion for any Beatles fan, scholar, student, or music professional, the book can be purchased at www.beatlesrecordingreferencemanuals.com or on Amazon. You can connect with the author on social media on Twitter @beatles_ref_man or on Facebook at The Beatles Recording Reference Manual.