Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin’s working-class childhood and musical influences
profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver,Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.
The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin’s early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. In its most dramatic moments,Maximum Volumenarrates the story of Martin’s unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number-one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul—all of which bear Martin’s unmistakable musical signature.
Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s immortal song, Imagine, and created in collaboration with Amnesty International, this poignant book inspires a new generation to imagine a world at peace. Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world, of all shapes and sizes.
Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly allowed John Lennon’s wonderful words to be used in this beautiful book. The artist Jean Jullien has created the beautiful pictures in the book. The book will support Amnesty International’s work to help protect human rights all over the world. A royalty from every book sold will be donated to Amnesty International.
A message from Yoko Ono Lennon
This book is very special to me. The words were written by my husband John and it makes me so happy to see them illustrated in this beautiful book. He wrote Imagine as a song calling for peace around the world. Today, we need peace more than ever, so I think his words are still very important.
Everybody wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should always keep love in our hearts, and look after one another. We should always share what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not being treated fairly.
And it’s important that we treat everyone like that, not just our family and our friends. We should treat everybody the same, no matter where they are from or if they speak a different language. After all, the pigeon in this book welcomes all the other birds, whatever colour of feathers or shape of beak they have.
By doing this, we can all help to make a difference every day. Every small good thing that we do can help change the world for the better. You can do it, I can do it, we all can do it.