Kenneth Womack is the author of a multivolume study dedicated to the life and work of George Martin. The second volume, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years, 1966-2016), was published in September. Geoff Emerick grew up as a working-class lad in North London only to make his name as one of the most gifted and innovative sound engineers of his day. Born in London's Crouch End area on Dec. 5, 1945, Emerick joined the staff of EMI Studios at age 16 after his father wrote to the stately studio on Abbey Road inquiring about work for his technically minded son. Having been hired as an assistant engineer, Emerick began working at the studio on Sept. 3, 1962.