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Jim Berkenstadt
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24 Jan 2013
HOW COULD DRUMMER JIMMIE NICOL SIMPLY VANISH AFTER PLAYING WITH THE BEATLES IN 1964? The Beatle Who Vanished is the first historical account of Jimmie Nicol, an unknown drummer whose journey from humble beginnings to saving The Beatles' first world tour was only one part of his legend. Though his 13 days of fame made headlines, the true mystery of Nicol's story is riddled with blacklisting, betrayal, drugs, divorce, bankruptcy and an eventual disappearance that led many to question whether he is dead or alive. Discover the incredible details of a Beatles story never before revealed! *Draws on new documentary evidence *Interviews with The Beatles, Nicol and eyewitnesses *Inner circle tour accounts of Nicol and The Beatles *Uncovers the secrets behind his post-Beatles career and disappearance *Over 100 rare archival photographs and memorabilia illustrations * Features a Foreword by Former Beatles Bass Player, Chas Newby

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rock And Roll Detective LLC (24 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985667702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985667702
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective®. A true Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. An international authority on The Beatles, he has co-authored three other books: Black Market Beatles; The Beatles Digest; Nevermind Nirvana; and he edited John, Paul & Me: Before The Beatles. Berkenstadt has consulted to The Beatles and the Estate of George Harrison on numerous projects.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatle Who Vanished 11 May 2013
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To most Beatles fans Jimmie Nicol is merely a footnote in the history of the band - a drummer asked to fill in during the start of their first world tour when Ringo was taken ill. He played with them for thirteen days, the concerts taking him from Denmark and the Netherlands, to Hong Kong and Australia and from relative obscurity to the madness of Beatlemania. George Harrison was quite scathing in the Anthology about going on tour without Ringo, but with the tour literally days away and tickets sold, presumably Brian Epstein felt that cancelling was not an option. In this really fascinating account of Jimmie Nicol's life, the author not only tells the story of his career as a musician, but of how those thirteen days affected everything that followed.

The beginning of Jimmie's career saw him on many of the Larry Parne's package tours, including the 1960 tour with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. He was a session musician and played with Georgie Fame, among others. When the Beatles needed a drummer the author explains how their paths had already crossed and he was a natural choice to fill in. Sadly, the fleeting moments of superstardom seemed to bring him more problems than success. It was nice to read that both George and Paul tried to make contact (indeed, in Paul's case offer help) even if it was rebuffed. However, this book gives as full an account of the drummers whole career as he could have wished and even turns into a detective story as Jim Berkenstadt tries to discover his whereabouts. For fans this is an intriguing and fascinating read about the man who wished he could stay a Beatle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatle Who Vanished. 14 Mar 2013
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Jimmie Nichol got less than his 15 minutes of fame. In fact, if a day was equal to a minute, he got 13. That said, he has paid the price for the rest of his life.

The book is very well researched and fascinating as it is the only source of information on the drummer who filled in for Ringo Starr during a sudden period of illness in 1964 on the eve of The Beatles' first world tour. Certainly, he has been skimmed over during documentaries including The Beatles Anthology [DVD] [1995] and all but forgotten, it would seem.

I really enjoyed finally learning something about a man who is something of an enigma...partially through lack of information on him and partially through his own efforts to evade fame in the years following his brief Beatles encounter. There were no fillers or redundant inclusions in this book; every page was full of really important and interesting information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another 5th Beatle 2 Sep 2013
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This is a very intriguing story. A man who came in at a pivitol time in the Beatles touring career. He arrives in to the the Dutch tour, then on to Australia while Ringo is in hospital, he is obviously enjoying the experience from the photos, then Ringo returns......then Jimmy is a Nobody ....again!

His life afterwards is very checkered, a book that should have been written a long time ago!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book on a little researched subject 2 Jun 2013
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Jimmie Nicol a Beatle for just two weeks and now a complete book about everything we need to know about this man of mystery. Jim Berkenstadts book starts at his place of birth, which is not acknowledged by a blue or musical plaque through to his last known address in England and his hideaway somewhere in Holland. It covers his time as a cabin boy with Colin Hicks, and then as a Spotnick and his endless tours and session work. Jimmie could no doubt earn good money on celebrity tours with his Beatle connections, they were very famous when he joined, maybe he was there for just a short time but he was there, cannot imagine a group so famous going on a sell out tour with 25% of the personnel missing. So if Jimmie wants to stay away that's his decision, we will have Jims book to reveal many not known facts and until Jimmie returns it is all we have apart from some DVDs and CDs of his time in the Beatles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for Beatle fans 24 May 2013
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I read everything I can that touches on the Beatles, so I was very interested in this book and in fact have often wondered to myself what ever happened to Jimmie Nicol. The book is a very interesting read and I found it very informative not only about Jimmie Nicol and his life, but there is also a lot of very interesting information about the music scene and characters from the fifties through to the late sixties. I hadn't realised the extent of Jimmies career prior to his week of fame with the Beatles and of course like most people I guess, knew even less about his post Beatles period, This book fills in all the facts with remarkable detail and seems very well researched, in the last few chapters we find out what happened to Jimmie Nicol, but, and this is no fault of the author, it is a great pity that the man himself did not feel he could make a contribution. If you are a music fan rooted in the sixties, buy this book, you will not regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 1 Mar 2014
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Great service, fast, no problems. The book was a gift for someone so I cannot say whether it is a good read or not!
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