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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190603267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If you want to know anything about The Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell.' - Paul McCartney"

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Tony Bramwell grew up with George, Paul and John in Liverpool, supporting them in business, and often in their personal lives. He was the UK's first independent record promoter and formed a successful movie music company. He lives in Totnes, Devon. Born in India and now residing in London, Rosemary Kingsland is an established author of fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jose Haddow-mendes on 18 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Considering he was there from so very close to the beginning, Tony Bramwell has so very little to say that will give you an insight to any one of The Beatles.
The opening is an amazing story in hindsight. How someone who was no one, like you and I, ended up in the heart of the biggest cultural change since the Renaissance, (argue this point somewhere else if you can be bothered), simply by riding the top deck of an old English Omnibus.
The rest is mostly a sufferance to read.

In these pages you will find out that Yoko Ono was a terrible person, a nasty person, a manipulative person, a b**ch, John Lennon spent his whole life riding everyone elses' wave, Paul McCartney turned up every now and again, George Harrison existed in 1961, and Ringo Starr said some stuff.

You will also find out that Tony Bramwell was the only sane voice in the music scene throughout the sixties and seventies.
...and that he slept with women. Lots of women...really good looking ones!

There are some insights here you won't find anywhere else but most of this is just Mr Bramwell telling us how level headed and womanised Mr Bramwell was as everyone else cried out for his help...and how terrible, horrible, manipulating and destructive Yoko Ono was.

Maybe as a tale of the birth of pop/rock music there are snippets here that will be used to make something definitive. As a book about The Beatles from an insider...this one could be edited to a vitriolic chapter.

If you're a heavy Beatles fan read it, (just for the opening chapter), if you're just passing by then carry on. This will tell you nothing about The Beatles that you might want to know.

In literary terms it's badly written and terribly edited. I got it 2nd hand for £2. That was almost value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on 20 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book, giving a totally different slant by Tony on The Beatles' Story, 1955-1971.
Written from his amazing memory, Tony writes honestly about his involvement with The Fab Four, from the very early days through to the virulent break-up of a phenomenon (The Beatles and Apple) that had gone out of control.
Tony was a car worker at the 'Ford' factory in Halewood, before Brian Epstein offered him twice the salary to work for his NEMS empire, acting as a sort of 'roadie' for the group.
In the mid-60's, Tony moved to London with them when the lads left Liverpool, and it's all here in great detail.
I particularly liked the chapter where Tony and Paul go to California in June 1968 for a short break following the 'White Album' sessions, and then, a couple of days after returning from the States, the car trip back from Saltair in Yorkshire, where Paul stopped off at Harrold in Bedfordshire to let Martha (My Dear) out for some exercise, and where Paul played an impromptu piano session at the local pub. I wish I'd been there!
So, some fantastic memories and personal photographs here, and well worth a tenner of anyone's money, and a must for any Beatles' fan.
I'd love to see the complete photograph collection though.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. This is a refreshing Beatle biography, from the standpoint of someone who literally grew up with the Beatles and socialized with them from boyhood. A gifted raconteur, Bramwell draws readers into a "sense" of each Beatle as a boy; what it was like to have George Harrison have dinner at your table; to witness George pulling a very dangerous stunt as a boy and being warned about John's questionable influence on his peers.
Bramwell does a stellar job of portraying a part of musical/artistic/cultural history that will no doubt delight inveterate Beatle fans, but attract the attention of those either becoming familiar with the Beatles or who have an interest in history in general. This book is really geared for all ranging from the "advanced" Beatle fan; that is, one who has a strong background in Beatle knowledge to people wanting to learn more about them and bring them to a high level of Beatle information.
This inveterate, avid Beatles' fan gives this work a hearty endorsement and a yeah, yeah, yeah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niki on 1 Mar. 2015
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"If you want to know anything about the Beatles ask Tony Bramwell, he remembers more than I do!" This quote attributed to Paul McCartney is prominent on the front cover of this entertaining paperback...but dare I say it how accurate are some of Paul's recollections these days? So maybe that's not such a good boast!
Theres an awful lot of good story telling here, jolly good stories too, but I emphasise the word stories and if you care to cross reference the stories with other sources you start to question the authenticity of a lot of what Tony Bramwell is saying. For example he seems to take credit for a lot of things the roadie Mal Evans was or did and writes in the first person as if he was the closest friend the Beatles ever had, which doesn't seem to be true. I'm not being horrible, because he seems a personable fellow and it's a nice insight into the 60s, 70's music & film scene, which I love, and maybe it's my investigative journalistic eye that makes me not take one persons account of everything as gospel!
He's one of very few Beatles so called 'insiders' left these days, so I guess there aren't going to be many to question just how inside the Beatles he really was, but I would just say to the younger, more impressionable Beatles fan reading this, to read other far, far books as well, like Mark Lewisohn's Tune in, The Love you Make or Many years from now, as well for a bigger picture of what happened.
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