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The Beatles and Me on Tour Hardcover – 19 Jul 2014
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Ivor Davis is a past president of the BBKA, a Master Beekeeper and one of the few people to hold the National Diploma in Beekeping.
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During the Beatles first US tour, Ivor Davis became part of the band’s entourage; invited to travel with them everywhere, as well as ghost-writing a column for George Harrison. There are many, many books about the Beatles, of course, but it is interesting to read one from someone who was there throughout that early US tour, before things became too wearisome and success in America was exciting. However, you can sense, even this early, that cracks were starting to appear and that the endless, relentless, touring was telling on the band. Brian Epstein’s caving in to a huge financial offer to have the Beatles appear in Kansas may have been financially worthwhile, and accepted without argument by the band, but in retrospect you can feel how tired they were of performing when they could not be heard and, perhaps more importantly, were often trapped throughout the duration of a tour.
So, what do we learn from this book? Not much perhaps. Ringo didn’t have much to say for himself, George was often grumpy, Paul slept with every woman he crossed paths with and John cheated at monopoly and often upset those around him with caustic, unpleasant remarks. Nothing, really, that fans have not read before. There is some information on meeting Dylan and Elvis, but, again, this has been covered. Still, this is an interesting memoir and I particularly liked reading about others in the entourage – Brian Epstein, of course, Neil and Mal and also Derek Taylor. A worthwhile read, but nothing that I had not read elsewhere. Rated 3.5.
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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