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Abbey Road

By: David Hepworth,Paul McCartney - foreword
Narrated by: David Hepworth
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

With a foreword by Paul McCartney

Many people will recognise the famous zebra crossing. Some visitors may have graffitied their name on its hallowed outer walls. Others might even have managed to penetrate the iron gates. But what draws in these thousands of fans here, year after year? What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world?

It may have begun life as an affluent suburban house, but it soon became a creative hub renowned around the world as a place where great music, ground-breaking sounds and unforgettable tunes were forged—nothing less than a witness to, and a key participant in, the history of popular music itself.

What has been going on there for over ninety years has called for skills that are musical, creative, technical, mechanical, interpersonal, logistical, managerial, chemical and, romantics might be tempted add, close to magic.

This is for the people who believe in the magic.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 David Hepworth (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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A bit of a bore

Maybe interesting if you are a technical nerd. Seemed to drone on for an inordinately long time without too many especially notable or informative anecdotes. No doubt the author knows what he is talking about but the fault is all mine for thinking I would be interested.

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What a story!

This is a highly enjoyable narrative of the people, the tech and the music behind the concept Abbey Road.

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Great Muso History of the ultimate studio

Great if you're a Beatles fan. Great if you're a Floyd fan. Great if you're any sort of music fan

The history of Abbey road is a fascinating book. The Mecca of recording for bands past present and no doubt future. The studio is a shrine of fantastic creativity. So much so that where bands used to bring their music to be recorded on occasion bands have just turned up without anything and sat in Studio 2 and waited for the bricks and mortar and spirits of the musical gods to bring them inspiration.

David Hepworth does a good job on the narration and paces it well. But 2 minutes in you're just sucked in and you're imagining every song and story.

You'll be heading to your favourite streaming service throughout as this book inspires you to revisit the classics or explore the many acts which you may have missed.

Groovy!

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Excellent story

And well read. If you enjoy music this is the audio book for you. David Hepworth is an expert on his subject

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Fascinating insights into the studio of studios.

David Hepworth never fails to provide an engaging and fascinating story and this book is another one of those fascinating books. Loads of stuff I had no idea had even been created in Abbey Road, lots of little stories & details shows how much deep research David had clearly done to make this - and his reading is awesome as always. Thank you, David!

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So many great stories…

As with other books by Hepworth I’m wondering if there’ll be enough to keep me interested… as ever, more than I could have hoped.
More than ever I’m intent on a visit to one of the UK’s most famous roads. When I do, I’ll be giving this another listen en route.

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Interesting, but a book of two halves.

I'm a great fan of David Hepworth's and always download his books. They are never less than interesting and he's a good narrative companion for a long drive or walk.

I found this book, as I've grown to expect, both interesting and informative, especially the formative years of recording and the personalities of the day, many now long forgotten. The reason for not marking this book higher, isn't necessarily to do with how the book is written, but IMHO it ceases being entirely interesting the more technology comes to dominate how music is recorded and consumed after the studio's imperial phase during the 60s and 70s.

If you're not entirely interested in the technical aspects of recording then this might not be the book for you, but it is by no means a 'dry' book and is appropriate to its subject matter.


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Genuinely interesting

Just the right amount of detail be thorough whilst also retaining interest throughout. Would recommend.

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Hoary Old Rock Anecdotes from the master of the form

Very pleased to have listened to this as I’m very familiar with Hepworth’s voice from The Word in Your Ear podcasts. Some of the stories and hot takes are familiar from the podcast too. This is a skilful autobiography of a place, balancing the ‘place of work’ with the myth, with a series of stories told in an amusing, thoughtful and insightful manner.

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Well up to his usual standard!

If you’re familiar with his previous books, then this will come as no surprise. That’s not meant as damning with faint praise, but rather a maintaining of high standards. Filled with anecdotes and a clear sense of chronology, it was a pleasure to listen to.

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