Solid State: The Story of “Abbey Road” and the End of the Beatles

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The album “Abbey Road” represents a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s an artistic achievement. For others, it symbolizes the end of the Beatles. For still others, it’s the beginning of a cultural legacy embodied by that famous street, that influential studio, and that curious collective of musicians who changed the world, then went their separate ways.

Solid State is a time capsule of that historic period, an in-depth exploration of not just the tumultuous recording sessions, but the interpersonal dramas unfolding before, during, and after recording. Along the way, you’re treated to the true nitty-gritty of production, covering everything from guitar and drum modification to studio upgrades, as well as all sorts of electronic and music trickery and gimmickry to create those signature sounds.

The text on each page is as dense as the material, reflecting just how much was going on at this time and how it all bears recording and recounting. A literal lifetime of story and legacy is crammed into fewer than three-hundred pages, and it’s a meaty, fascinating read.

From the earthquake moments that shook the world to the tiny minutiae (like how a Beatles tiff led to “Octopus’s Garden”), this is music history told well, told thoroughly, and told fairly.


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Author Kenneth Womack
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Cornell University Press
Publish Date 2019-10-15
ISBN 9781501746857
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Issue November 2019
Category Music & Movies
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