By George
Books and Memoirs
Playback
The Illustrated Autobiography of George Martin

Sir George's much-anticipated autobiography has now been released in a limited-edition run of 2,000 copies! Containing some 50,000 words, the memoir is fully-illustrated with private photographs and never-before-seen documents, such as his hand-written arrangements of Beatles songs, and selected pages from his diary. It contains forewords by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and is accompanied by an exclusive CD featuring 12 rare tracks, including his first composition aged seven. The book is leather-bound with silver-edged pages, and comes individually numbered and autographed by Sir George. In Australasia, it is priced at $AU880/$NZ1050. European and American fans can choose a regular edition for GBP234/$US375 or a deluxe version for GBP425/$US674.

Sir George and Lady Judy were guests of honour at the worldwide launch of Playback during a lavish 3-course Dinner With Sir George Martin at the Westin Hotel in Sydney, Australia, on Friday 11 October 2002. Sir George had the 400-strong audience spellbound during his 45-minute talk, in which he recounted his pre-Beatles days as "the comedian's producer," the making of Sgt Pepper, and his charity efforts for the people of Montserrat. Glenn Shorrock made an entertaining Master of Ceremonies, and the Playback String Quartet performed beautiful Beatles music with a classical twist. I was privileged to attend the launch and the pre-dinner book-signing, and a splendid time was had by all!

The book, box and CD
The Playback boxed set
Playback: The Illustrated Autobiography of George Martin

Other Books by George
All You Need Is Ears  

All You Need Is Ears by George Martin, illustrated by Jeremy Hornsby. Published by St. Martin's Press, 1979 (hardback), 1994 (paperback).


Summer of Love  

Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt Pepper by George Martin with William Pearson. Published by Macmillan, 1994 and 1995 (paperback). UK edition of book on right.

Making Music  

Making Music: The Guide to Writing, Performing and Recording edited by George Martin. Published by Morrow, William & Co., 1983 (hardback and paperback).


With a Little Help from My Friends  

With a Little Help from My Friends: The Making of Sgt Pepper by George Martin with William Pearson. Published by Little, Brown & Co., 1995 (hardback). US edition of book on left.




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