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 https://emotionswizard.com.

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