Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years, 1926-1966

Kenneth Womack

Hardcover ISBN - 978-1903360248

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years, 1926-1966

Kenneth Womack

George Martin – the man, the mind, the music. This is the story of the legendary Beatles producer.

The first of two volumes, MAXIMUM VOLUME traces Martin’s early life, from an impoverished childhood, through WWII, to becoming head of EMI’s Parlophone Records.

There, he made waves in British comedy and saved Parlophone from ruin with records from the likes of Spike Milligan. Then one day he discovered a scruffy beat band from Liverpool…

As this dramatic story unfolds, the book transports you into the Beatles’ sessions with Martin at Abbey Road, exploring how his musical genius shaped their incredible body of work and helped craft hit after hit. In the process, Martin would define the modern concept of a record producer.

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About the Author

Kenneth Womack is the Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. His books include THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO THE BEATLES, which won the Independent Music Book of the Year 2009. He travels across the world giving talks about the Beatles and shares his expertise through his HUFFINGTON POST blog and appearances on TV and radio, from the BBC to NBC.


‘Womack’s is the first book dedicated to Martin himself, much celebrated, but still often treated as a fifth wheel than as what he truly was, the fifth Beatle’


‘The first of a two-volume study of an interesting and sometimes conflicted man living in remarkable times’

Mail on Sunday

‘Womack’s meticulous research results in a detailed analysis’


‘An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it’

Kirkus Reviews

‘Engrossing and forensically detailed… A fascinating read’

Ray Connolly, author of Being Elvis