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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." Chris' Magical Mystery Tour across the Atlantic put an Arizona girl right into the middle of a musical maelestrom!

Miss O'Dell knew George's father, Harold Sr. and was friendly with the man for years. A previously unpublished picture of the man is included in this book.

Parts of this book made me laugh, such as her description of Friar Park and how cold her room was. George's response was equally funny. She decribes the George Harrison that she knew and provides a fresh look into the characters of famous musicians that she got to know personally. In time, she would return to Arizona laden with a treasure chest of memories and experiences.

I thought it was funny when her son Willie, then 6 first met Ringo. He thought Ringo was a 6" conductor from "Shining Time Station" and had no idea that the former Beatle was not small enough to fit into his pocket! I thought it was so adorable when Willie, who was born May 10, 1986 asked Chris O'Dell if she was famous. A bright, insightful young man, Willie has grown up to appreciate Miss O'Dell's life in England and appears to be thoughtful and well rounded.
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