Chris O'Dell was a 20 year old American who happened to cross paths with Derek Taylor, the Beatles' and other rock royalty's publicist, in LA. Her charm, enthusiasm and good nature endeared her to Derek, who later encouraged Chris to come to London. She took the gamble and as a result of her tenacity, courage and quick wits, ended up in her dream job, working firstly for Apple, then in a relationship with Leon Russell, then back with George and Pattie at their new home in Friar Park, then many other long and winding twists and turns as an insider helping out Eric Clapton and the Dominoes, the Stones and more. These accounts are all highly plausable and vividly brought to life. I particularly enjoyed the 1970 period of moving into Henley on Thames, at a time when Friar Park was pretty spartan and freezing cold, and George was adjusting to life post Beatles, at times enjoying his drugs, at other times lost for days in his Hare Krishna chanting, and at yet others, scornful and bad tempered.
Chris O'Dell is never arrogant or boastful , in fact she describes pretty well the neurosis that accompanies the perilous position of someone on the edges of life with such famous artists and their wives - a little like living with Roman Emperors, who could tire of you suddenly and banish you back to the real world, reminding you that you may share the same breakfast room as them but at the end of the day you are not one of the family!
Fascinating stuff, easy to digest and really enjoyable.