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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Cockney Kid Publishing (19 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990371077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990371076
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London born Ivor Davis was the only national daily newspaper correspondent to travel with the Beatles on their first 1964 American concert tour from start to finish. He has written widely about movies, murder and medicine for the London Daily Express, The Times of London, The New York Times Syndicate, and Los Angeles Magazine for over four decades. He can be reached at IvorDavisBeatles.com

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Given that the main selling point of this book is that the author was actually present for the tour which supposedly 'broke the Beatles' in America, this effort was on the whole uninspiring and disjointed. No worthwhile insights of the Beatles 'behind closed doors', nor of their true behaviour behind their carefully cultivated clean-cut image were offered, besides a few whimsical and clichéd anecdotes of John's acerbic witticisms to reporters, Paul's natural PR 'charm', George's surly distatste of Beatlemania, and Ringo's amiable indifference. Nothing we didn't already know.

Similarly the accounts of the legendary meetings between The Fab Four and their musical idols Elvis and Dylan, are far too vague to be of any real significance or relevance, offering little other than a 'playlist' of songs the Beatles jammed with Elvis at their 1965 meeting, and smoking weed with Dylan in '64. Not worth reading through 300 pages for.

The lack of substance and scant information the author has to justify a book of even this meagre depth he audaciously and vainly attempts to remedy by adding completely non-relevant chapters about the artwork of The Sgt. Pepper Album, and a clumsy effort to add closure to a thread going nowhere after 200 pages, throwing in four extra chapters about his reunions with each of the Beatles at various points after their breakup. Suffice it to say that these chapters contain the most tenuous retrospective of the Beatles' association with the author during the 1964 tour, revealed by either the scant memory or vaguest of comments from each of the Fab Four about that time, shrouded by a sparse resumé of the intervening years, again nothing of which we haven't heard before.

Just another author with a loose and fleeting association to The Beatles cashing in on a tenuous personal connection and a rehash of everyone else's.
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Even if one reads only one of the 300 - or is it 5,000? - books on the Beatles, this has to be the one. The Beatles and Me On Tour by veteran Fleet Street show-business journo Ivor Davis is a superb page-turner.

Ostensibly produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' iconic 1964 tour of America, this book is in fact far more than a gripping, first-hand account of that stunning and spectacular event.

As one of the few journalists to cover that tour from start to finish - always on the same hotel floor and in the same set of limos as the Fab Four - Ivor Davis conveys well the hysteria, the high jinks and Hollywood hospitality that greeted the Beatles' conquest of America.

There are also some acute character sketches not just of the individual Beatles but of manager Brian Epstein and the other principals involved in the band's meteoric progress across the Rock Firmament.

There are some delicious anecdotes - most of them completely unknown to a non-rock obsessive like myself.

This book is fabulously readable and deserves to do very well.
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A rollicking first-person account of being present with the "sweaty stallion" of a band around whom hysterical girls, the "flies", swarmed in 1964. Fifty years on, it is still astonishing to read about how four Englishmen were taken into American celebrity, and the author uses his closeness to the band to illuminate their own astonishment. Not just another book about the Beatles, but also a celebration of journalism as it used to be.
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A really terrific read penned by an excellent writer whose coverage of the Beatles whilst accompanying them on their first major tour in the USA gives the reader a unique insight not only into the four very different Beatle characters but also a real flavour of the swinging Sixties. Brilliant !!
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By NickyB on 10 Aug 2014
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Just finished reading this fascinating insight to The Beatles' time on tour in America, when Davis had access to the public and private moments of the Fab Four and their encounters with fans and celebrities including Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. Brilliant ... a must-read!
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The book certainly met my expectations. There are, particularly, some interesting revelations about Brian Epstein and some revealing insights into the behaviour of John Lennon.
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