If You Love The Beatles, You Should Read The Two Volume Biography Of Producer Sir George Martin

first_imgThere’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. Last year, author Kenneth Womack released Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the first-ever biography about Sir George Martin, tracing his early life and career. The second book of two is ready to hit shelves on September 4, 2018, called Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016.In 1966, the Beatles and George Martin stood at a creative crossroads. The bandmates had started to feel stunted in their musical growth, so they started engaging in brash experimentation both inside and outside the studio. The Beatles had also expanded their demographic considerably beyond teens and young adults, leading to new fans of all ages. With more recognition, the band began to feel like prisoners of their fame and grew frustrated by the culture’s inability to grasp the meaning behind their work. Martin worked with the band as they navigated the changing landscape of mid-1960s rock ’n’ roll. Martin’s work ethic and studio savviness earned him a long-lasting partnership with the Beatles that continued throughout the later years of his life. In Sound Pictures, readers will discover how Martin helped the bandmates grow as musicians and found the transformative sound that the Beatles are known for today.Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 is the second volume of the first full-length biography of George Martin. Kenneth Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides a detailed account of Martin’s collaborative work with “the fab four” as they advance beyond the success of their earlier recordings. Sound Pictures takes readers behind the scenes and reveals George’s diligent efforts to consolidate the Beatles’ fame in the face of the sociocultural pressures of the time, most noteworthy being the “Beatles are more popular than Jesus” scandal. It also includes stories of Martin’s interactions with the band, including when John Lennon, who hated the sound of his own voice, requested that Martin tweak his vocals: “Make me sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a mountaintop.”While Martin’s encouragement of musical experimentation led to the creation of such classics as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (the highlight of his production career) and Abbey Road, mounting pressures and challenges threatened their achievements. After his work with the Beatles, Martin continued his work as a freelance music producer while discovering new prospects with musical acts such as Elton John, America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick and Paul McCartney. However, Martin and the Beatles would ultimately find their way back to each other to immortalize the magic that started it all.Sound Pictures is an exceptionally detailed look at the man who had incredible influence on the Beatles’ body of work. Decades later, George Martin’s legacy continues to influence music history as new generations rediscover the timeless wonder of the Beatles. Fans will enjoy following the story of the band’s incredible artistic trajectory after reaching the creative heights of Rubber Soul.For more information on both of Kenneth Womack’s work, head here.last_img read more

UK’s NEST adopts ‘climate aware’ fund for default strategy

first_imgNEST, the UK government-backed defined contribution (DC) master trust, is allocating a portion of the assets in its default strategy to a new “climate aware” fund managed by UBS Asset Management.It seeded the fund with around £130m (€154m), representing roughly 20% of its current developed equities portfolio and 10% of total investments in the default strategy. It is intended to address risks and capture opportunities associated with the move to fight climate change.The UBS Life Climate Aware World Equity fund tracks the FTSE Developed Index, but over- and underweights companies depending on their alignment with the transition to a low carbon economy.For example, a positive “tilt” will be applied to companies providing renewable energy or those making changes to meet targets in line with the internationally agreed goal of keeping global warming to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. A negative “tilt” will be applied to companies that are heavy carbon emitters, have fossil fuel reserves, or are not adapting to the 2ºC scenario.Despite it being a tracker fund it will apply an active voting and engagement policy. This will concentrate on companies that need to adapt their business models to meet climate change goals.Mark Fawcett, NEST’s CIO, emphasised the mandate was aimed at managing the investment risks associated with climate change as well as being positioned to capture investment opportunities.In a statement, he said: “As responsible long term investors on behalf of our members, we can’t afford to ignore climate change risks and we’ve committed to being part of the solution.“Through the UBS Life Climate Aware World Equity Fund we can start reducing our members’ exposure to some of the worst financial impacts. At the same time they’ll get in early in industries and technologies that’ll help the global economy move away from fossil fuels.”Responding to questions from journalists yesterday evening, he was adamant that this was not a marketing ploy and nor was the pension fund taking a moral stance on climate change.He noted that the youngest member in NEST is 17 years old and could be investing via the pension fund for 50-60 years, a period during which “climate will change, the world economy will change”.For its youngest members, the pension fund aimed to invest 30% of the equities in the Foundation Phase of its Retirement Date Funds to the new UBS fund.NEST’s move was welcomed by the chief executives of ShareAction, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).NEST is the second UK pension fund in a short space of time to have integrated climate change considerations in the investment strategy for a DC default strategy.In November last year HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme adopted a new Legal & General Investment Management multi-factor equity fund with a climate change “tilt” as the DC scheme’s default option.Fawcett was reluctantly drawn to comment on the difference with the Legal & General fund that the HBSC scheme has adopted, saying there is “a significant difference”.In addition to being a smart beta fund with, as Fawcett described it, a “climate or low carbon overlay”, the Legal & General fund also provides for divestment from companies – something NEST had sought to avoid.Fawcett said that NEST had assessed existing products on the market but felt that none of these – active or passive – met the fund’s requirements.The pension fund had sought a forward-looking perspective by focussing on companies that are transitioning to a low carbon economy, without exclusion or divestment rules.The new UBS fund is the outcome of a year-long collaboration between the asset manager and NEST, and for NEST is also an output of three years of work on climate change.NEST was established in 2008 as a UK government-backed vehicle for its auto-enrolment pension policy. It took home the Best European Pension Fund award at December’s IPE Awards in Berlin.last_img read more

‘Historic humiliation’: Spanish media flay Barca after Bayern debacle

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi The Spanish media showed no mercy to Barcelona after their epic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.The media called for huge changes at the club after a night that will be difficult to erase from their memory. “Historic humiliation,” cried the cover of Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, adding: “A ridiculous Barca suffered its biggest defeat in Europe, ending a lamentable season without a trophy for the first time in 12 years.”Daily Mundo Deportivo described the defeat on its cover as: “A shameful end to an era,” also declaring that coach Quique Setien would be immediately sacked and that president Josep Maria Bartomeu would call an election imminently.National newspaper AS used the same headline as Sport, adding: “The disaster against Barca opens up a crisis with far-reaching consequences at every level of the club.”Marca used the word “shame” on its cover, adding that Setien, who was hired in January to try and restore some style and flair to the team, had “one foot and a half out of the door”.Sport gave defender Nelson Semedo a rating of one out of 10 after he was tormented by Alphonso Davies in the build-up to the fifth goal scored by Joshua Kimmich. It gave Setien a rating of zero, adding: “He cannot spend one more day in Barca’s dugout.”AS also said Setien’s days at the club were numbered, adding that former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino was waiting in the wings.This was in spite previously saying he would never coach Barca due to his loyalty to former club Espanyol.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichFC Barcelonamediasocial mediaUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more