A new biography claims that the Beatles producer, George Martin, was “frozen out” when the band recorded their iconic ‘The White Album’.
The album, which was recorded in 1968, saw divisions developed between the band and their famed “fifth Beatle” which resulted in him being somewhat ostracised from the group.
The new claims have been made by Author Kenneth Womack who said the recording sessions were fraught with tension. Womack also claimed that a “cold war” broke out between the band and Martin who, according to the biography, would “a large stack of newspapers and a giant bar of chocolate” during recording and take a seat at the back of the studio.
Womack said: “I asked them [the sound engineers] what George was doing when John was playing a particular guitar part or when Ringo was working on some drum part…they would say ‘nothing, he was in the back of the booth, reading newspapers, sharing his chocolate with us.’ He was on a kind of chocolate-and-newspaper strike.”
Elaborating further, Womack added that the issues developed when the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein, passed away: “It had a lot to do with a Time magazine article in 1967 where George was credited with being this wunderkind and the mastermind behind ‘Sgt Pepper’. They didn’t take very well to that and let him know…I do think this was the beginning of the struggle over ‘who’s the genius behind the Beatles?’”
He added: “This was payback for taking credit for the Beatles myth but they coaxed him back for ‘Abbey Road’.”