Solid State: The Story of "abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles

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Cornell University Press
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5.94 X 8.76 X 0.96 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kenneth Womack's previous books about the Beatles include Long and Winding Roads and The Beatles Encyclopedia. He is also the author of the acclaimed two-volume biography of Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume and Sound Pictures. Womack is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. Follow him on Twitter @KennethAWomack and visit for more Beatles history and insight.


"Music writer Womack delivers a fascinating, in-depth look at the creation of Abbey Road, the Beatles' penultimate album released 50 years ago.... Womack displays a detailed and insightful analysis that fans will hope he applies to the band's other albums."

--Publishers Weekly

"Womack has created an account of the Abbey Road sessions that is extremely well-researched and well-written. The timing of the publication is perfect, given the recent success of the 50th Anniversary Reissue of the album. It is well worth a read for die-hard fans, and even casual fans, who are interested in how this work of art was created."

--Spill Magazine

"If you are a studio nerd or a Beatles aficionado you will love this book."

--Aquarian Weekly

"Solidly entertaining."

--On the Seawall

"Womack humanizes and demystifies the mythic status of the album and of the four Beatles, but not by diminishing their achievements... Solid State is as fine a tribute to the Fabs as one could hope for in 2019."

--Spectrum Culture

"In the enjoyable deep dive Solid State, Kenneth Womack tells a detailed story of how the album came to be."