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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
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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 [Format Kindle]

Chris O'Dell , Katherine Ketcham
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* She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and she sang in the “Hey Jude” chorus.


* She lived with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and unwittingly got involved in Pattie’s famous love story with Eric Clapton.


* She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady.”


* She worked for the Rolling Stones on their infamous 1972 tour and did a drug run for Keith Richards.


* She’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote,” the “mystery woman” pictured on the Stones album Exile on Main Street, and the “Miss O’Dell” of George Harrison’s song.


The remarkable, intimate story of an ordinary woman who lived the dream of millions—to be part of rock royalty’s inner circle—Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Touchstone; Édition : Reprint (6 octobre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002QJZ9WW
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magical Mystery Tour Through Oz 21 mai 2010
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A rock 'n' roll memoir with heart 14 octobre 2009
Par Patricia Romanowski Bashe - Publié sur
Given all the rock memoirs that have emerged over the past twenty years or so, it's hard to pick up another without thinking wearily, "Now what?" After all, Chris O'Dell was not a star herself, but a friend, employee, helper, and lover of a few you might have heard of. It's easy to be cynical, but I fell in love with this twenty pages in. Guilelessly, like Alice down the rabbit hole, Miss O'Dell stumbled upon a life even she could not have dreamed. Looking back, she paints a living portrait of the Beatles, the Stones, her friend Patti Boyd Harrison Clapton, and many others. At the same time, however, she manages to tell an engaging tale of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a loving, caring eye and a warm, forgiving heart. After all, she reminds us, even the highest (literally or figuratively) among them had also stumbled onto that 60s Mount Olympus unprepared for what fame, money, and position could do for--or against--friendship, love, artistry, and happiness. An unusually insightful and loving account of an amazing time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This delicious page turner will not disappoint! 14 octobre 2009
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This book, once picked up, is difficult to put down. I have read almost every book on the Beatles, and there were first hand accounts of stories just hinted in other books. Great insights into the Beatles and the women in their lives, and the goings on at Apple. Interesting accounts of how musicians feel about their peers. There were loads of surprises too.
Miss O'Dell's voice is instantly likable. her honest and wide-eyed approach is refreshing. She is practically sitting on the couch with you telling you about all her mostly wonderful adventures. I simply did not want the book to end. I hope there are more stories she hasn't shared yet......Can I pre-order her next one?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Days of Whine and Doses 21 novembre 2009
Par Daffy Du - Publié sur
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I'm not usually a devotee of tell-all celebrity exposes. But because "Miss O'Dell" reportedly was pulling back the curtain on the stars who made the music of my era, I was intrigued. As an adolescent, I read every issue of 16 magazine and Tiger Beat for a few years, and I was and remain a huge fan of the Beatles. So this book potentially fell into the "guilty pleasures" category.

Initially it didn't disappoint. Parts of it, particularly early on, were really interesting, especially about her time with Apple. But the problem with "Miss O'Dell" is that it reads a bit too much like an extended teen fanzine, only unsanitized for an older audience, with all the sex, drugs, booze and dysfunction intact along with the rock and roll. That's okay, as far as it went--it wasn't billed as a work of music history. But I'm not a teenager anymore, and after the first 100 pages or so, it largely devolved into tedious variants of the same story over and over again, with well-known song lyrics coyly (and cloyingly) woven into the narrative. Although it could have been a kind of coming-of-age story, set during a time of tremendous social upheaval and featuring some of the most famous people of a generation, I started to wonder why Chris O'Dell wasn't learning and growing as a person, which is what propels all good character-driven stories, fact or fiction. She mentioned several times having deep conversations with George Harrison, yet if this book is any indication, she seemed incapable of depth or introspection herself. Instead, her life reads like Garp reworked for Tiger Beat--a not very interesting person who drifted through a life of reflected glory that brought her into contact with some of the most iconic figures of a generation. Underneath the affairs and friendships lurked a perpetual adolescent, a resolutely shallow woman whose only interest seemed to be getting drunk or high, having sex, hanging out with the in crowd and searching for Mr. Right.

Another problem with the book is one of context--as in there was none. On a societal level, there was a sea change taking place, which was strongly influencing the music of the era, but she seemed to have been oblivious to it, other than a passing mention of staying in the Watergate Hotel and noting that it had played a key role in bringing down a presidency. What about Vietnam and the antiwar protests? Kent State? The Civil Rights movement? The women's movement? Our generation's spiritual quest? While she spent much of her time in England, she also lived in the U.S. for extended periods, and those events shaped our generation. Was she just so drunk or stoned all the time that they didn't register at all? She claims to have been one of the only female tour managers, but why was that significant? Had the women's movement not started opening doors for women yet, or had it made her position possible?

Another reviewer noted that O'Dell doesn't even address John Lennon's murder. She describes him as a friend, albeit an arm's-length friend, yet although his killing rocked our generation, she only alludes to it in an afterword where she gives a "where are they now?" summary. All of this seems of a piece. The book manages to remain superficial and narcissistic throughout most of its 380+ pages, never really inviting emotional involvement with anyone (least of all O'Dell herself), and I don't know if that's because that's who she really was or if it's because she worked with a ghost writer who didn't think to probe deeper or because her editor didn't think it was necessary to bring any context into the narrative.

I'm glad that Chris O'Dell managed to pull herself out of her cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and has built a new, meaningful life for herself (which she described in the last three pages or so). It was pretty clear that it was either that or die. But it still amazes me that she could have had the remarkable experiences she describes without gaining any more insight into herself or her friends. That's why in the end, "Miss O'Dell" was unsatisfying, and finishing it was something of a chore.

Read it for voyeuristic pleasures about the rich and famous, if you want, but don't expect the kind of insight that would have made it truly compelling. Three stars only because of the early pages, which were interesting.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The rest of the story about how it is really done in the real world of rock and roll 14 octobre 2009
Par D. Pelletier - Publié sur
Most people have no idea of how much tire spinning it takes to not only get to the top echelon of the entertainment business, but if their is never any traction whatever dreams you may have of doing so will remain just that: Dreams. I know thousands of people that I grew up with that hoped one day to realize their ambition to be associated with the biggest names in the music business. 99% of them never made it. They went off to somewhat fulfilling lives, but always had that nagging "what if" lurking in their fantasy thoughts.

Chris O'Dell was one of the ones that made it. She had that traction. Was it what she thought it would be on the other side? Probably not, but she found out and dealt with it in probably the only way she could. Rock and Roll was continuously being reinvented in the late '60s-early '70s. It was one of the most sexist industries on the planet. The PC crowd of today would be appalled with the rampant carnality and indulgences that were everyday occurrences back then. Which is why it was so interesting.

What? You think someone hallucinated "Spinal Tap"? Grow up. That was the everyday reality to those whose job it was to travel from arena to stadium to psychedelic dungeon and back to provide the audiences of the day with a little bit of popular entertainment. Chris O'Dell got closer to the inside world more than anyone I know. She became friends with those trapped inside lives that none of us would ever be able to understand. These stars had to chose their friends, lovers, shoulder's to cry on and try to survive the day to day of being famous. Not easy.

Chris got to to on that ride. She was the one that all the players understood. She was loyal, truthful and mixed in with the whirlpool of famous egos and insecurities. She was "permitted" to be part of that tight knit scene. You can make mistakes, but they were the 'team's" mistakes. Nobody was supposed to know. And they didn't. I found it interesting that she had the good taste to hold her tongue until many of the protagonists had either departed or were in such a state to no longer care.

Much of what she has written is very, very truthful. The fall off the cliff when your life comes crashing back into you at the end of a long concert tour, is exactly what happens. The infant like egos maneuvering to score the point of the day, or nano-second can make life miserable for the point person who needs the diplomatic skills of an ambassador to hold it all together. And all of it being propelled along by the incredibly talented artists who's creations spawned this way of life.

Like Chris, I was "there" for some of what she describes. It is all true. It was how it was. Once you were on this course it is both awkward and difficult to adjust to the "real" world after living in the kind of family bubble that moved from city to town. It is a hard life. Most of you could never take it. And for a woman, back then to do what she did, was unheard of. There were no women doing that. Just Chris, a true pioneer. It was all guys who probably tried to hit on her constantly. Try dealing with that. It too must have taken its toll and added to the pressure.

So, in summary I'd like to congratulate Chris for a forthright re-telling of how it was, when it was and what it took to survive at the top, in the wilds of rock and roll in the real world. For those of you who might like to pontificate about how you thought it should have been, or would like to see a different story to tell: Well, trust me you'd have your plane ticket home within hours of starting any of the jobs she had. You wouldn't be able to hack it. And besides, not only does Sex sell. But Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll sells even better. Ask the late Ian Dury!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Lady-Perpetually-in-Waiting. 9 novembre 2009
Par Michelle R - Publié sur
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Miss O'Dell starts out when the author as a happy innocent who falls into working at Apple Records when the Beatles were still together. This would be the dream of many women of a certain age, and even younger people have a group that seems magical to them. I imagine it's a common daydream when we see someone famous -- if they only knew me, we could be friends. Most of us don't pursue that for fear of a restraining order. However, Chris O'Dell did become friendly with very famous people as she made herself useful and worked hard to find a place in their world. After the Beatles, and then members of the Beatles and their families, there's a who's who of people she met and worked with.

My favorite part of the book was her time spent with Pattie Boyd and George Harrison at a Gothic mansion called Friar's Park. Her experiences there were just as unique as anything else that happened to her in the book, and it made me long to see this huge house on tens of acres of gardens and land. A mansion so big that you could get lost, that -- of course -- was rumored to be haunted. And then, at might, she would hang out with Clapton or have a long spiritual talk with George Harrison.

However, after the first third or so of her story I lost much of the anticipatory joy at the thought of picking it up again, and found myself reading a little bit before bed each night, but finished several other books in the same time period. After a while, I began to feel sorry for Chris O'Dell after the umpteenth time that a job was over or a tour done, and people seemed to forget about her and go on with their lives. Famous people had their romances and dramas and she could occasionally take part in their lives, but it often seemed like she was nothing, or felt like nothing, unless she was attending to them.

Her female friends often seemed more like queens to her lady-in-waiting, and since they were the wives and girlfriends of Kings of Rock, the relationships often started out with suspicion of her motives. Even when trust was built, it still seemed like she got dismissed from court a lot. While she speaks warmly of these women, the book never gave me the feeling she was on equal enough footing to ever feel secure. The closeness of her friendship with Pattie Boyd in particular seemed to wax and wane depending on how either George Harrision or Eric Clapton was feeling about her at the moment.

What started out as a fun story became, for me, increasingly the story of an independent young woman becoming subservient to drugs, alcohol, and maintaining a connection to the in crowd. (Was George tired of me hanging out? Was Pattie mad? Why did Ringo's wife look at me like that? Was Eric pretending to like me to get closer to Pattie? Does Yoko not like me? Has everyone forgotten about me? Why is Eric being such a jerk to me?...) As the years went by, it just made me sad, because I liked the girl I met in the beginning, and I feel her story got lost in the shuffle.

There's good stuff her, especially for fans of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, CSNY, and a ton of other people. As much as she tells, you sense she holds a lot of secrets close still though. This is her right, but long periods of time are missed in the narrative, and Lennon's death apparently happened in the Lost Years where she doesn't remember much, and other stretches of time are not discussed. Her own personal life separate from famous people is often brushed aside by mentioning she'd been living with one guy or another for a while. She discussed her relationship with Leon Russell, and brief flings with some of the people you might expect, but it feels often like her existence barely matters to her compared to the people she served. Her life from 1986 to now, the time when she started really living her own life, was summed up in shockingly few pages -- and then she finishes up with what happened to the famous people. Her reaction to being pregnant toward the end of the book includes wondering how Pattie was going to feel about it, and feeling she'd betrayed her.

The book about her life ended, like most of the pages before, having surprisingly little to do with her.
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