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Kenneth Womack is a world-renowned authority on the Beatles and their enduring cultural influence. His latest book project involves a two-volume, full-length biography devoted to famed Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Forthcoming in 2017, the first book in the series will be entitled Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years: 1926-1966).

Everything you need to know about The Beatles in a book!

The Beatles Encyclopedia


Meet The Author - Kenneth Womack

ABOUT THE BOOK - The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four (Abridged)

Legendary in music and popular culture, the Beatles were one of the most successful bands of all time. The collective achievements of the Fab Four affect a broad demographic that includes today’s children, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. This one-volume condensed paperback edition of The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four brings the group’s dramatic story alive, highlighting the humanity of the quartet of artists that has made them an enduring artistic and social phenomenon.

The entries in this condensed encyclopedia provide in-depth biographical information about the Beatles and their circle, as well as fascinating historical background and key details about their most important works, giving readers broad coverage that addresses the major aspects of the band’s phenomenal achievement. The easy-to-use A-Z resource also includes a biographical chronology and a discography as well, as a bibliography that directs readers to excellent sources of additional information in print and online.

“This encyclopedia is crucial for any music library.”—V.J. Novara, Choice

“With The Beatles Encyclopedia, ‘Everything Fab Four’ has been placed at our fingertips. . . . It will enlarge considerably our conception of what the Beatles accomplished, just as it will strike us as practical, fun, and, most important of all, indispensable. Certain it is that fans and scholars of the Beatles will find themselves describing the feat that Kenneth Womack has achieved in compiling The Beatles Encyclopedia in adjectives such as these.”—Steve Hamelman, Popular Music and Society

“Intended for a wide audience, The Beatles Encyclopedia is accessible for new and younger listeners yet serves as a convenient reference tool for serious fans.”—Kit O’Toole, Something Else! Reviews

“The entries are well-written and should be clearly understood by a general reading audience. The sheer amount of information contained between the covers is impressive and certainly helpful to anyone interested in, or researching, Beatles-related information.”—American Reference Books Annual

“Numerous Beatles books tell the group’s story or focus on specific periods in their history. Now, all of the major topics are included in one convenient place. The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, the latest work by Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack, is an educational and entertaining addition to any Beatle fan’s library.”—Radio Teresa


Kenneth Womack

Ken’s Beatles-related books include Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), which was named as The Independent’s “Music Book of the Year.” In 2014, Ken published The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the group’s legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Ken’s books about the Beatles are included in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives. Ken is also the author of three award-winning novels, including John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), and Playing the Angel (2013).

Ken is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is Editor of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, published by Penn State University Press, and Co-Editor of the English Association’s prodigious Year’s Work in English Studies, published by Oxford University Press.

Over the years, Ken’s work as teacher and writer has earned numerous awards, including the Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award (2002), Penn State University’s Alumni Teaching Fellow Award (2006), Northern Illinois University’s Golden Anniversary Alumni Award (2009), Penn State Altoona’s Honorary Alumni Award (2009), and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities (2010). In 2013, Ken was selected to serve as the sixth Penn State University Laureate.

In addition to studying Russian language and literature at the Moscow Institute of Communication, Ken earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with his wife Jeanine.