Producing The Beatles is a narrative podcast that approaches the Fab Four from the perspective of the one person whose point of view has never been properly and thoroughly examined: their producer, George Martin. Through Martin's eyes, we'll see The Beatles go from learning their way around the studio to becoming masters of the art of recording, with their producer working side by side with them each step of the way. We'll discover where Martin's fingerprints lie on each recording, and we'll consider his broader role in shaping the band's attitude toward making records. We'll delve into Martin’s career before, during and after The Beatles not only to understand how he worked in the studio, but also to discover how this dynamic relationship changed both him and the band. Ultimately, the story of George Martin and The Beatles is one of collaboration, and how that collaboration changed over time.
Jason Kruppa, creator of this podcast, has put in over a decade of research into George Martin’s life and career. He has contributed to a number of notable books about The Beatles, including Tune In by Mark Lewisohn; Way Beyond Compare and That Magic Feeling by John Winn; Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, by Kenneth Womack; and Lennon: The Man, The Myth, The Music, by Tim Riley, on which he also served as photo editor.
Producing The Beatles draws from a variety of primary sources, including rare interviews, contemporary press reports, music manuscripts, previously unexamined record company files, multi-track studio recordings, and home demos. Over the course of this series, we will also talk to professional musicians, educators, and other writers to get their insights about different aspects of George Martin’s contributions. And best of all, we’ll go into the recording studio to re-record some of Martin’s scores for Beatles songs, and see what we can learn from this process.