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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 [Paperback]

Chris O'Dell
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19 Aug 2010
Chris O'Dell has packed a lot in a small amount of time and is probably surprised that she made as far as she has, considering the life she have lived. Hanging around with the Beatles, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones and managing tours for George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In the early 1980s she worked with Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, The Grateful Dead, and The Band. During all those years, drugs were everywhere. She smoked marijuana, popped black bombers, dropped LSD, and drank endless Scotch and cokes (the Beatles' favourite drink). Getting deep into cocaine while touring with the Stones by the end of the tour in New York she was shooting up the drug. Now sixty years old and with a full life she reflects back on her past.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster International; Reprint edition (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416590943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416590941
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb First Hand Recollections 3 Aug 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 12 Sep 2012
By Kaz28
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I would highly recommend this book it's a very interesting read, well written and enjoyable. It's an eye opener to 60's and 70's pop culture
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORIES TOLD BY A TRUE INSIDER 22 July 2010
By DANIEL MILES - Published on Amazon.com
A fun book to read if you're a fan of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan or Leon Russell. Not as much fun if you're an Eric Clapton or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fan as they don't come off quite as well! But the author's honesty about her experiences are what make the book so worthwhile. I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris O'Dell about the book on my "Friends of Dan Music Podcast" which you can find at the iTunes store. In addition to her musical experiences her book also discusses her drug experiences and her close friendships with Pattie Boyd Harrison Clapton, Maureen Starkey, Derek Taylor, Peter Asher and others. Highly recommended for fans of 60's music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A LIFE!! 25 Aug 2013
By Cristy S. Slater - Published on Amazon.com
This is a dream come true for those of us who only fantasized of such a life. To get next to the bands for the experience sake; to be near the music, the artists, their artistry, and the brilliance of how it all transpired. How can one girl have had it so incredibly handed it to her one after another from that first meeting? This is an amazing intimate history of rock music and I for one am sending this to a rockstar friend of mine who may not really care about the female musings, but he would revel in the historical recollections regarding some of his influences. Loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves these bands and the behind the scenes goings-ons that either make us shake our heads or send thrills through us or ideally; both.

Thanks Miss O'Dell for this wonderful journey that only you had and only you can tell. Not as a groupie but as an insider, a muse, a mentor, a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very honest revealing book 25 Dec 2013
By Doones - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Beatleologist ( is there really such a word?) I had heard about Miss O'Dell and always wondered what she was like, though all i knew from pictures was that she was a very pretty blonde. I was really amazed how open and honest she was about her life and the wild times in the Swirl of the Sixties and beyond. Without being gossipy, she tells it like it was. I really enjoyed the inside look at the world of the Beatle's, Stone's, and many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story!!! 3 Dec 2013
By spyboy1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very entertaining but a little too gossipy! Congrats to Chris for making something of herself after hitting bottom. I've met Chris on a couple of occasions in the 70's; really a right place right time life.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read despite flaws 29 Nov 2013
By Dave T. Perek - Published on Amazon.com
I have mixed feeling about this book. It kept me interested throughout and it was compelling to hear an insider's account of lesser written about musicians like Leon Russell and Jim Gordon in addition to some well worn material about the Claptons, Harrisons and Starrs. However, the writer has made several factual errors which make me think that the book was 1. poorly edited 2. a bit confused due to the hazy memories of a person who spent most of her life intoxicated and on drugs 3. full of embellished details when the memories no longer exist. For instance, Chris talks about playing Pac Man with Mick Jagger on the road in 1972 (despite the game not being released until 1980). It is a throwaway comment however the book is peppered with very specific descriptions and quotes (compared to Clapton's autobiography which admits not remembering huge chunks of time let alone specific details and descriptions). I wouldn't say Chris is inventing stories but rather than her memory may not be the most reliable. The other challenge of the book is that I didn't find the author particularly likable. She was someone who bounced from celebrity to celebrity leeching the drugs and resources off of rock stars and their friends like a mosquito bouncing between hosts. She seems to have the air of self-importance despite having a "career" of being a paid friend, drug mule and occasional sex partner for 70's era rock stars.
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