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The Beatles and Me On Tour
on 21 March 2016
This book was written by Ivor Davis, who accompanied the Beatles on their 1964 tour of the States, as well as being involved with them at other points of their careers – both Beatles and solo. However, the bulk of this memoir does involve the 1964 US tour, which followed the band’s three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and the advent of Beatlemania, six months earlier. In 1964, Ivor Davis was twenty six and was the West Coast correspondent for the Daily Express.
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.