Beatles author Kenneth Womack has a new book ‘Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles’ documenting the technical side of the writing, recording, mixing and reception of The Beatles final studio album.
Womack’s Abbey Road book features a foreword by Alan Parsons, who worked as Assistant Engineer on the album. Parsons’ said that ‘Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles’ the book is, “Impeccably researched, Solid State is an accurate history not only of the characters and personnel involved in the Beatles’ final album (including myself, I am pleased to add), but also digs deep¬er behind the scenes into the technical aspects of the recording equipment and the musical instru¬ments used by the Fab Four in the production of this timeless LP. . . . You will become aware of many hitherto unknown facts about the making of Abbey Road and the events that led to the eventual demise of the greatest rock band that ever was.”
George Martin introduced a number of new recording techniques into the Abbey Road sessions starting with a brand new solid state mixing desk and the new at the time Moog.
The book comes around the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album in 1969. The book will be available on 15 October 2019.
Kenneth Womack is the author of previous books about the Beatles, in¬cluding Long and Winding Roads and The Beatles Encyclopedia. He is also the author of the acclaimed two-volume biography of Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume and Sound Pictures. Womack is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English.