Kenneth Womack, "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and The End of The Beatles" (Cornell UP, 2019)


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To what degree did each of The Beatles exhibit emotional intelligence in the band’s final year?

You'll find out in the discussion I had with Kenneth Womack about his new book Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and The End of The Beatles (Cornell University Press, 2019).

Womack is the author of a two-volume biography of the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin. His forthcoming book, John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life, will be available in October 2020.

Topics covered in this episode include:

--Womack explains what Solid State refers to and where Abbey Road might rank in the band’s legacy. (Fortunately, the Magical Mystery Tour album wasn’t a top-three choice of his!)

--Using the Big 5 model for personality traits, what might be the dominant traits of The Beatles given the options of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

--Why the band had reached a point where, like a bad marriage, it couldn’t survive any longer.

For a transcript of this episode, click here.

Dan Hill, PhD, is the author of eight books and leads Sensory Logic, Inc. To check out his “Faces of the Week” blog, visit

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