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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 Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416590935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416590934
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"A riveting, honest, and brave account of life with the most famous names in rock and roll history...hard work, tough love, huge loss, pain and gain. I couldn't put the book down. I just loved it." -- Pattie Boyd, author of Wonderful Tonight

"Chris O'Dell knew all the greatest names in sixties and seventies pop, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Nicknamed 'the Pisces Apple Lady,' she was the ultimate insider, a uniquely trusted employee and friend in a world where betrayal and backstabbing are the norm. Now at last she tells her story, in devastating detail yet without envy or malice...a rockin' good read." -- Philip Norman, author of Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation and John Lennon: The Life

"I enjoyed reading it very much. It is an astonishing look into the backstage of rock and roll." -- Leon Russell

About the Author

From 1968 to 1984, Chris O'Dell worked in the music world as an assistant and tour manager for the most influential musicians of that era.  She has appeared on television, radio, and print media relating to her stories of her years with The Beatles and The Stones.  She appears in a number of books written about the various groups she worked for including I, Me Mine by George Harrison; Rolling Thunder Logbook by Sam Shepard; Wonderful Tonight by Patti Boyd, and Clapton by Eric Clapton.  Currently, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor.  She has a twenty-two year old son and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Katherine Ketcham is the coauthor of 13 books, including the New York Times bestseller Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Moyers and the bestselling classics Under the Influence with James Milam and The Spirituality of Imperfection with Ernest Kurtz.  More than 1.4 million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into 13 languages.  She has three adult children and lives in Walla Walla, Washington with her husband.

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oh my dear..woman in mans world.?
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I enjoyed reading this book very much, lots of behind the scenes and unknown public knowledge told in the pages.A great read.
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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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WHAT a fantastic read.
Easily one of the best music books to COME OUT EVER. --and i have hundreds.VERY differcult to put down poignant,tearfull,cheerfull, honest it tells the story of what a fairly attractive women COULD acheive in the late 60's/70's innocent fun,starting as a gofer, getting to know the beatles, getting into the *inner circle* always on the edge of getting finished/sacked Chris O'Dell tells her story graphically, from friendships with the various wives of RINGO,GEORGE,CLAPTON her various flings with stars on the road moving up from secretary to assistent to full road manager and life on the road and JUST how differcult that job can be, -I REALLY enjoyed her discription of managing CSNY in 74 well in realitly managing Crosby and Stills-- enfant terribles--and acting like spoilt brats.
HER RUN INS WITH ERIC CLAPTON --who disliked her friendship with pattie and had some terrible put down lines__ like on her wedding day party
* so how did it take you so long to hook up to the aristocrasy miss O'Dell??* Lord Bristol laughted that one off.
but HOW indeed?? how did a young girl from Tucson, Arizona manage to work with the Beatles, Stones, CSNY, the rolling thunder revue with Dylan Santana, Linda Ronstadt, be involved with the concert for Bangladesh?? eventuaaly get married to a english lord?? The drink. The drugs. WELL BETTER BUY THE BOOK AND FIND OUT!!
BRY CARTER
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Books by axe-grinding groupies like Frannie Schwartz and Pamela des Barre make me tired. This book is a refreshing change of pace from the groupie genre and let it be known that Miss Chris O'Dell was NOT a groupie. She was friends with many professionals in the music business and, like Olivia Arias (later Mrs. George Harrison) had a job that placed her in contact with these professionals. This is a serious memoir that is not meant to be titillating nor shocking. Unlike the books by authors such as Ms. Schwartz and des Barre, this is NOT of the "National Enquirer" ilk.

Miss O'Dell provides fresh, personal insights and information about some of the world's greatest musicians, such as George Harrison and Eric Clapton and Leon Russell. She is a bright, conventional woman who keeps her head and her character intact. She is impressed with her rock friends and her respect for them and her rise above sycophantism make her someone to respect. Nobody likes or can respect a toady.

Chris O'Dell has had many interesting life experiences. She even typed the lyrics to some of George Harrison's works. She was also present when George declared that he was in love with Maureen "Mo" Starkey, Ringo's wife. Ringo point-blank told George that he was glad it was someone he knew who was interested in his wife as opposed to some stranger.

Miss O'Dell worked at Apple records during its inception and very early days and was friends with Derek Taylor. Her friendship with drummer Jim Gordon would end on a tragic note. In the early 1980s Gordon committed a heinous crime, matricide and is currently serving a life sentence.

George Harrison would dedicate a song to her, the eponymously titled "Miss O'Dell" and Leon Russell would later pen "Pisces Apple Lady.
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While I found this book an interesting read,I found it hard to believe how easy it was for her to integrate with so many different stars of that time.The fact that she was treated like an old and trusted friend by everybody so soon after meeting up with Derek Taylor and how everything just fell into her lap after that,intrigued me.What intrigued me even more was the fact that,after having read many books about the Beatles including Richard DiLello's 'Longest Cocktail Party',I don't actually recall seeing many references to her in any of them.I may have missed some,and indeed if anyone can point them out to me,please leave a comment to that effect.A good interesting read,nevertheless.
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