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Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved [Kindle Edition]

Chris O'Dell
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CHRIS O’DELL WASN’T FAMOUS. SHE WASN’T EVEN ALMOST FAMOUS. BUT SHE WAS THERE.

 

* She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and she sang in the “Hey Jude” chorus.

 

* She lived with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and unwittingly got involved in Pattie’s famous love story with Eric Clapton.

 

* She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady.”

 

* She worked for the Rolling Stones on their infamous 1972 tour and did a drug run for Keith Richards.

 

* She’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote,” the “mystery woman” pictured on the Stones album Exile on Main Street, and the “Miss O’Dell” of George Harrison’s song.

 

The remarkable, intimate story of an ordinary woman who lived the dream of millions—to be part of rock royalty’s inner circle—Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.

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"Nick Carraway to classic rock's Gatsbys...brisk and excellent." --"The New York Times" "Book Review"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb First Hand Recollections 3 Aug. 2011
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As it says on the jacket cover, this lady was there. There on the rooftop on Jan 30 1969 with Yoko and Maureen, one of just a handful of insiders who watched the concert from just a few feet away. And whilst this concert is not talked about as much as it could have been, she certainly makes up for it with priceless recollections of the Bangla Desh concert (including Keith Richard's rather unkind reaction to the press reaction praising George), an intimate meeting with John and George in her hotel room in 1974, dancing with Bob Dylan in 1976 (very well written, in what she doesn't disclose...hilarious!). And her obvious love of the music is apparent througout, apart from when one of her dubious partners played it day and night! I find it quite funny that whenever she felt down she was able to call George Harrison and ask if she could stay for a few days! Nice position to be in for sure, but she never abused their friendship and has a true treasure chest of memories here to disclose, without scandal or fudging the facts. There have been hundreds of Beatles books over the years but this one makes a deserved entry into the Top 10, 40 years after the event. Well worth the wait, thanks Chris :- )
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars voyeur's delight 26 Jan. 2013
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This american woman just sort of lucked into being at the epicentre of "swinging" end-of-sixties London and meeting and befriending various members of the royal family of rock n roll. Cue the Beatles, cue Eric Clapton, cue the Stones, cue Dylan etc etc. While not a groupie ---more of a glorified PA then road manager Miss O'Dell's story is fascinating. Talk about being at the right place at the right time.....serendipity meets fate meets happenstance. Rags to riches to rags and then some. Highly entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rock n roll 9 Nov. 2014
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Fabulous read I couldn't put this book down I love the stones and the 60s and 70s and this delivered brill and upset when I finished reading it I wanted it to go on and on
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