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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 Reviews

  • Wileyacez
    2019-01-19 06:05

    Okay--I've been on a rock and roll memoir kick. I've read Pattie Boyd's book and Bebe Buell's book. They both kind of depressed me because those women were really not much outside of their relationships with rock personas. This book was great--Chris O'Dell is "one of us" in the sense that she landed, by some good luck and lots of hard work, a life surrounded by some of the cultural icons of the rock world. Her story is the first of the bunch that did not involve total sex--which occurred but was kept side bar to the more important elements of the relationships--and total debauchery. She walked away from that world and created a new life for herself through higher education, so perhaps that's what resonates from the book. While it was a memoir, she comes out sounding like a real, whole person with a solid life. She had her time with these rock stars; now she has a functional life that any one of us could have. She never seems to become part of the rock world; she remains an observer right along. She talks about the friendships that she made in the same way that anyone would discuss their friends. That's what's really cool; in this case her friends are George Harrison and Ringo Starr! She also talks about how she sees her actions (and the actions of those she associated with) in hind sight--put into perspective. Of the three women, Chris O'Dell is the one that I think I'd enjoy actually meeting.

  • Robin
    2018-12-30 04:44

    Again, wishing I could give 1/2 stars because this would be a 3.5.Chris O’Dell moved to London in the late 60s and wormed her way into a job at Apple. She became friends with George, Paul, and Ringo and even ended up singing in the chorus on “Hey Jude.” She also became best friends with Pattie Harrison, and for a while lived with George as Pattie’s assistant. From there she toured with the Rolling Stones and hobnobbed with other rock luminaries, living the life of sex, excess drugs, and rock ‘n roll. I alternated between not being able to put this down and wanting to throw it across the room. I was never sure if she was as important to these rock stars as she thought she was or if she was a little delusional. Even though she “worked” for these various celebrities, she never seemed to do an honest day’s work and would often invite herself to live with and sponge off various friends. However, her encounters with established and up-coming stars were interesting and sometimes insightful. After reading the memoirs by Pattie (Harrison) Boyd, Eric Clapton, and Ronnie Wood, I felt I knew most of what she talked about but it was fun getting her side of the stories. I need to get Pattie’s book again to read her interpretation of Chris O’Dell.

  • Ashlee
    2019-01-14 06:53

    I liked this book better than Pattie Boyd's book, I felt I got a better idea of Pattie's and George's personalities than I did Pattie's book. Some negative comments first about the author:She for the most part works for these people (te exception is the Rolling Stones, they just liked having her around), so she has an income, yet she never has any money? She doesn't have a place of her own (for the most part anyway, she does sporadically) so she crashes at her friends house, they fly her out to see them, and some pay for her to vacation with them (Eric Clapton actually gets mad at her for using him and ditching him as Pattie for George before the trip is over and not offering to pay for her stay. There isn't much I like about Clapton the more I read about him, but he's right on that one.). So yes she works for them, but she also kind of mooches off them too. She really seemed to identify herself through her friendships with these people. I suppose if you're in that world but on the outside, you would get swept up in who you know. It's not name dropping because she goes on to explain how she's connected with all these people, but her self-worth was definitely tied around who she was living vicariously through. I got bored by the end though, the last 60 or so pages dragged for me as I was ready to be reading something not revolving around drugs and self-absorbed rock stars.That said, this was mostly a very fun read. I loved reading about her friendships with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Eric Clapton is a jerk no matter what you read about him from this time period, but here she tries to show his good side too, and that humanized him for me and painted a better picture of what drugs and alcohol were doing to his personality. It was also fun I read the ins and outs of working on a tour, the details and drama that go along with that.

  • Connie
    2019-01-14 03:45

    Chris was there in the 60's along with the start of Apple there in England. It tells of her life coming from California with a lucky break to go to England to work for Apple along with the Beatles,the Stones, Dylan, Leon Russell, and many more of the greats of that time. It goes on about her several affairs and mostly one night stands with some of the stars as well as her descent into addiction from drugs and alcohol. She wrote in such a style as if you were actually writing this yourself.Very easy to put yourself in her place throughout this book. I enjoyed the book and give kudos for her to climb out of the mess she made of her life and how she is now helping others. It was great reading about being on the inside of life with Pattie and George Harrison, Maureen Starkey (Ringo's ex late wife),Eric Clapton and his addictions and several more. This story doesn't read as a groupie tell all as she really wasn't a groupie.Was working for Apple and then later for other biggies in the business as somewhat of an activities director helping the bands with their itineraries and all the stories behind the scenes. It was a good book and glad I got to read this.

  • Sara
    2019-01-09 08:07

    Oh to be young and free in Swingin' London in the Swingin' Sixties! What a time that must have been - I was around then, but just a little too young and a lot not with-it, to fully appreciate and experience the wonderful opportunities available. Of course, one still had to be smart and quick to see how best to fulfill a need that hasn't been met. That was Chris O'Dell's greatest talent, along with a love of music and the people who make it. She had the ability to quickly endear herself to people and earn their trust to the extent that she was invited into their private world, where she was a friend, confidant, employee, and sometimes lover to some of the biggest rock stars in history. It was an interesting world, and all the more so because, as much a part of the scene as she was, the author was also an observer, standing on the outside looking in and always assessing her role and how best to meet the needs of her "charges". Her perspective is an interesting one and I enjoyed reading this honest account of her life and the people in it, who she describes with affection and respect - she proves she was worthy of their trust.

  • Patrick Thompson
    2019-01-04 09:49

    When you read books like this you shouldn't be looking for great writing, just great stories, true life events. That's what I found with Chris O'Dell's account of her life. She didn't just float around from band to band with the title of "groupie". She worked to be a part of the bands history. Although she was extremely lucky, she utilized every door that opened for her. Good for her to place herself in the scene without having to use sex to do so. Although, don't get me wrong, those other books are great fun too, Pamela and Patti, but this one is different. For those who want to knock those girls from the 60's and 70's for their groupie antics remember this, they inspired those rock stars, their contributions are widely noted and I thank them all, not only for their stories but for those contributions.

  • J
    2019-01-11 03:48

    Since finishing Just Kids, I can't stop reading 60s rock and roll memoirs. Patti Smith's Just Kids isn't in the same league as any other book and I feel strange even lumping it into the category of memoir since it is so much more than that. Apart from Just Kids and maybe Bob Dylan's Chronicles, most of the other books have just been fluffy and fun.But there's nothing wrong with fluffy and fun sometimes, is there? Miss O'dell is one of the best 60s rock and roll memoirs I've read so far. Faithfull will make you dislike Marianne. A Freewheelin' Time is poorly written and full of cliche. I'm With the Band is great; endearing and well written, but Pamela Des Barres writes from a different perspective than Chris O'dell does. Chris O'dell was a hard worker and a good friend to a lot of great musicians.I really enjoyed this book. And I never did like Eric Clapton.

  • Lauren
    2018-12-30 05:48

    So I also gave Les Miserables 5 starts. Are they on par? Obviously not. The each got 5 stars for different reasons, and because I truly loved both.I totally dug this book;) It is just a cool insider (yet still outsider) view into a life I am ultimately jealous of (minus the drug addiction and what not). This chick basically by pure luck ended up an insider into some of the biggest deals of entertainment during some of the best times to be there.If you like the Beatles, or the Stones, or that whole time period of music, or the movie Almost Famous, or pretty much are cool I think you will like this book.It isn't fabulously written, she isn't really all that interesting a person on her own, but the stories and idea of living her life is pretty well worth the read.

  • Yvonne Mendez
    2019-01-12 03:46

    Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Chris O'Dell's life seems too unreal to be true. Thanks to her "can-do" attitude Chris finds herself working at Apple with the Beatles, living as an employee and later as a friend with some of them, as well as touring and managing tours with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, Linda Ronstadt and many others. She had her share of very famous lovers, but this book is by no means about her sexual exploits, it brings the reader right into the inner circle with its ups and downs and drama. She is candid about her own drug use and personal demons but overall she's down to Earth and doesn't brag. Chris O'Dell is simply sharing her amazing life.

  • Maggie
    2019-01-07 07:51

    I stayed up late a few nights in the row finishing this. Gave a really interesting insider look without feeling like she was telling every sordid detail. As a Beatles fan, I especially enjoyed hearing about her relationships with the various band members and their wives. I also was really shocked (well, not that shocked) to hear what big babies some of the rock stars she toured with are. Don't mistake her as just another groupie though - she earned her place as an Apple employee, personal assistant and later as a tour manager, one of the first female ones, if not the first.I definitely recommend the book if you're interested in 60's rock and/or The Beatles/Stones.

  • Alice
    2019-01-14 05:58

    I'm fascinated by the 1960's and 1970's. I was born in 1963, so I have vague memories of that era. I think that those years were a time of rapid change, especially in music. This book is a true story of a young woman's very fascinating journey into what would become Rock and Roll history. The coolest thing to me is you can friend her on Facebook....it really is amazing to see where life brought her!

  • Alice
    2019-01-15 11:06

    This was a different kind of female rock memoir in that it's by a woman who worked with all the greats, instead of who slept with all of them. As one of rocks first female tour managers, O'Dell worked hard for her spot amongst the stars, building close friendships but also suffering from insecurity and drug addiction. An insightful, honest, humble memoir that's not about name-dropping.

  • Peacegal
    2018-12-25 09:09

    Imagine an era when an ordinary fan could simply "fall in" with rock royalty and spend years working with popular music's most amazing talents...and biggest egos. I enjoyed Miss O'Dell more than the similar Wonderful Tonight; the author just seems to come off as more of a real person.

  • Jill
    2019-01-20 05:02

    Legendary moments in Rock n' roll history: Dylan's Isle of Wight performance, Beatle's rooftop gig, the Clapton/Harrison/Layla live triangle, Rolling Thunder Revue tour, Exile on Main St.... if these things mean anything to you and you'd like to re-live them from "the inside", then this book is for you. (Disclaimer: it's written by a Pisces though. Beware! :))

  • Stéphanie
    2019-01-09 07:55

    Loved it ! Chris O'Dell is a real sweetheart, very nice to her fans. Gave me a lot of new, personal info on Maureen, my favorite Beatle girl. There's also a lot of info on Pattie Boyd. She knew everyone : Leon Russell, The Beatles, The Stones, etc. I definitely recommend !

  • Bookish Jen
    2019-01-12 12:10

    I’ve always been interested in reading rock and roll memoirs, especially by people who were behind the scenes. But when these books are written by women they are usually written by wives, girlfriends and groupies. Now I like these books; Pamela Des Barres’ I’m With the Band is one of my favorites. But I want to read books by women who actually worked in the music business. So when I came across Chris O’Dell’s Miss O’Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights With the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Women They Loved I thought I had hit the jackpot. Chris O’Dell worked for the Beatles’ Apple Records and managed several rock tours. Surely, she’d have some great insight on what it was like to be a women in a mostly man’s world and perhaps provide some inspiration to young women who want to do more than provide favors to roadies and rockers. Sadly, Chris O’Dell’s memoir turned out to be a huge disappointment.Miss O’Dell begins in the late 1960s. O’Dell is living in Los Angeles. A chance meeting with Beatles’ insider, Derek Taylor, leads to her getting a job in London at the Beatles’ fledgling Apple Records. It’s never quite established why Taylor thought she’d be such an asset. Did she already have the experience and impressive professional track record? Or was it because she was an attractive blonde? Okay, I shouldn’t hate. Given the chance, I would have jumped at this opportunity.While at Apple O’Dell does things that are done at any other office. She answers phones, delivers messages and procures lunches. But she also gets to do lots of cool things. When the Beatles played their infamous concert on top of the Apple building, O’Dell was right there with them, soaking up all that rock and roll energy. Any Beatles fan would give his or her eye teeth for such an experience. Lots of rock gods and goddesses roamed the halls of Apple, and O’Dell can’t help but get a little bit fan girlish over the famous people she met. I can’t say I blame her for this. If I had gotten a job at U2’s Principle Management, I would have been squee city. “OMG! Bono said ‘hi’ to me! I can’t wait to tell my mom!”However, O’Dell soon gets bored and high tails it back to LA. She lives with musician Leon Russell for a time. He had written the song “Pisces Apple Lady” in her honor. Unfortunately, the relationship soon sours. Bored once again, O’Dell begs to get her Apple job back, and is off to London. This turned out to be a common theme with O’Dell. She goes to London, gets bored. She goes to LA, gets bored. Rinse and repeat.It’s not long before O’Dell is managing major rock tours. She manages tours for Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, and later in the book, Echo and the Bunnymen. Not surprisingly, debauchery was a huge part of these tours. Music seemed to take a back seat to snorting up cocaine and sleeping with any available musician, not too mention a lot of fighting among band members and tour staff.No book about the 1960s and 1970s would be complete without a lot of passages about drugs and sex. Miss O’Dell is no different. However, instead of finding these passages shocking or salacious, I was bored. Reading about endless drug and alcohol-fueled happenings was truly tedious. I could barely stifle my yawns. O’Dell also slept with lots of musicians. Ho-hum. By the time O’Dell mentioned she slept Mick Jagger, I thought, “Who hasn’t? Mick Jagger has probably slept with every third person on the planet. That man would shag a shoe.”O’Dell also writes about the intense friendships she had with many musicians and their wives/girlfriends, especially George Harrison and Pattie Boyd and Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen. She describes in very full detail of the long conversations she had with these people and the fun times they had. But she seemed more like a free-loader than a good friend. She takes a considerable loan from George Harrison, and never pays him back. While house-sitting for Eric Clapton, she decides to paint his kitchen yellow and orange and then runs off. She later stiffs him on a hotel bill. She constantly took advantage of her rock and roll friends’ generosity, never showing any appreciation. And when she later sleeps with Ringo Starr while he is still married to one of her friends, I wanted to shake her.It doesn’t help the book’s writing itself is clumsy and amateurish. But what I couldn’t take was the lack of character development on the part of O’Dell. Sure, she does get over drugs and alcohol addiction, but this turning point in her life is given a scant few pages. Never once does she show any remorse for her actions or any semblance of growing as a person. O’Dell is very self-absorbed but not exactly self-aware. Also, she totally ignores the huge cultural and social changes of the era. O’Dell’s memoir takes place during “I am Women. Hear Me Roar” second wave feminism, yet she never mentions what it was like to break ground as a woman in the world of music. I don’t know if all the drugs dulled her memory or she couldn’t be arsed to care.I wanted to love this book, but I almost threw it across the room. Miss O’Dell isn’t inspiring or even that interesting. However, I do hold hope that a woman who was a true pioneer in the behind-the-scenes world of music will write her memoir. Suzanne de Passe, please write your memoir.Originally published at The Book Self:https://thebookselfblog.wordpress.com...

  • Sandie
    2019-01-13 08:10

    Loved the adventures of Miss O'Dell in the rock and roll glory days. Amazing she lived to tell the tale. Lucky for her - and us - she's a survivor. Even when describing stars' worst qualities, she exercised restraint. This tact, or boundaries, or respect, or whatever it is, may be what kept her in their circle over the years. But she was really hard on herself, painfully detailing her drug use and alcohol addiction. That part was so sad. I like that she's from Oklahoma, it would have been nice to hear her voice. The audio book was read by someone else, but they did a good job.

  • Stew
    2019-01-04 06:47

    Great ReadOne of the better retrospectives of the rock music scene I have read. A totally intriguing story and a totally awesome woman. Recommended!

  • Kelsey
    2018-12-25 10:44

    What an incredible book! I believe it was the New York Times who said that Chris O'Dell was the Nick Carraway to The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, and that's very very true.By pure luck and chance, Chris O'Dell was brought into the music world by a friend who happened to run into Derek Taylor, who at that time was working for The Beatles. From there, she got to work in Apple, then joined others to help The Beatles, became somewhat of a tour manager for The Stones and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and also helped with Bob Dylan's tour, too. She really has seen it all.She became best friends with Pattie Boyd, fell in love with Leon Russell, had affairs with Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger, did lines of cocaine with Freddie Mercury, and told Eric Clapton to f*ck off. I suppose this really isn't a review, but I enjoyed the book so much that I don't really know how to write about it. If you're interested in the bands of the 60's and 70's, you're going to like this book. There's just no getting around that. However, a word of warning. Chris O'Dell is a brilliant woman, and she definitely worked her butt off, but she can come across as a user and a somewhat aloof woman. Many times throughout the book she says that musicians would get mad with her for mooching off of their things (though she doesn't see it as that), but it's kind of true. She, now as a more mature woman, owns up to some of these things, but she did have a tendency to live with people for a few months, then when they got sick of her, she'd go off and live with someone else.I say though, take that with a grain of salt. The fact of the matter is that she is one of the first women to work as a "manager" for huge rock bands, she negotiated her salary, and made herself a name within a circle of people who didn't think it was cool having to answer to a "chick". The book is not overtly feminist, but it is a really good source of seeing how women back then paved the way for women now.My only real complaint with this book though is how it ended! I know it was about her time working for the bands, but I want to know how she's getting along now with herself, how Pattie and Maureen are doing, how she felt and dealt with John and George's deaths, etc. The ending was nicely wrapped up, I just wanted more!Definitely, definitely read this is if you're interested in the classic rock bands and the musicians of the 60's and 70's. It's such a great, in depth view to the real people behind the stardom that they faced.

  • Kim
    2018-12-23 08:47

    She sure knew how to overstay her welcome. Makes me question how close she really was to the subjects in her book. Nothing worse than paid help thinking they are part of the family?

  • Tori Momb
    2019-01-13 03:46

    Note: I read this book at least six months ago, so I am a little fuzzy on the details. Anyways, I have read Clapton's book, Pattie's book, Cynthia's book, etc. but this book gives the best view of all the players in the late 60s/ early 70s music scene. I think Miss O'Dell really gives a great view of the personalities of George and Pattie...a lot more than Pattie was able to do in her own book. She clearly loves both of them a lot and her stories of them at Friar Park are some of the best parts. It's amazing to compare this book to Pattie's. After I finished, I went through Pattie's book and saw all the same stories being told...while Pattie regards Chris very fondly, she comes off as a faceless/nameless person compared to all the other big names. However, Chris is there and their recollections are very similar. Next to George, Ringo is the only Beatle to get a lot of page time. John is nearly non existent and Paul comes in and out, but mostly only in passing (except for the story where he and Linda were trying to be incognito at George's concert and Chris almost outed them on accident...one of the more memorable anecdotes!)Her time after being at Apple Records and at Friar Park aren't as interesting to me. It's cool getting a look into Apple and some of the behind the scenes players during that period. Her romance with Leon Russell is pretty sad and you can tell he still holds a very strong place in her heart. Throughout most of this, Chris kind of seems to be a hot mess. I guess it's the pisces in her, but she is prone to substance abuse. Towards the end it is very sad until she turns her life around when her son is born. She seems to be one of countless casualties of that period. My favorite part of the book is when she screams "F*** you Eric Clapton!" out a car window. Clapton definitely comes off as the worst in this book. You kind of get the vibe in Pattie's book and even his own, but Chris holds nothing back with her distaste for the guitarist. I think it shows her loyalty and love for Pattie (and to a further extent, her love for George and resentment for the change that came when they broke up) that she sees just how awful Clapton and Layla are together.

  • Sacramento Public Library
    2019-01-15 08:02

    Miss O'Dell : my hard days and long nights with the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the women they loved by Chris O'Dell with Katherine KetchamChris O’Dell’s story is a remarkable case of being in the right place at the right time. In 1968, at the age of 21, while working for a radio station in Los Angeles, by pure happenstance she meets Derek Taylor, an executive with the Beatles’ Apple Records. Apple was just starting up at the time. Taylor likes her and encourages her to come to London and apply for a job at Apple. Initially she dismisses the idea as absurd, but a few weeks later after talking to Taylor again on the phone, she decides to take a chance. She flies to London, visits Taylor at his Apple office shortly after arriving, and while chatting with him, in walks Paul McCartney! So begins her life as an employee, personal assistant, friend, and (in some cases) lover of some of rock’s most famous musicians, their wives, and other members of their inner circles. Her portrayals of various personalities is mostly sympathetic, although she makes it clear she didn’t get on well with Eric Clapton, who would eventually marry her good friend Pattie Boyd Harrison. O’Dell became close friends with Pattie while living with her and George Harrison at their Oxfordshire estate, Friar Park. She also became good friends with Maureen Starr, Ringo’s first wife. After leaving her job at Apple Records, she stayed in the industry in various capacities, eventually becoming a tour manager. Along the way she worked with many famous rock groups including the Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I enjoyed O’Dell’s impressions of famous musicians and close associates: their personalities, relationships, and lives. It’s interesting to find out what they were like as people. I strongly recommend it, especially for fans of the Beatles.

  • Judith
    2019-01-22 05:59

    It is always fascinating to me to read the memoir of an ordinary person who traveled in the inner circles of the greatest musical groups of our time, particularly when that person admittedly had no particular talent or skills of any kind, but was simply in the right place at the right time. Chris O'Dell met a guy in a bar who worked for Apple Records, and she followed him to London where she hung out at his office doing simple office tasks and trying to make herself useful till she finally got a job with Apple, and became friends with all of the Beatles and with some of their wives. This little job was enough to keep her moving in the inner circles with various bands for the next 20-30 years. What I liked about this memoir is that she wasn't just a groupie ( though she definitely was that). Her chief quality seems to have been her chameleon ability to adapt to whatever was asked of her. For a couple of years, she lived with George and Patty Harrison on their palatial estate, as their friend and personal assistant. She said she loved every minute of it, but it sounds deadly dull to me. She slept in a sleeping bag on the floor as they had so many bedrooms but no beds; she washed and chopped vegetables for Patty who cooked a vegetarian meal for dinner every night; and after dinner they did the same thing every night---sat around drinking wine and talking. They didn't entertain guest or go out. Then she was in the midst of all kinds of romantic entanglements which all sounds like high school redux. There was the time when George fell in love with Ringo's wife Maureen; and the time when Patty Harrison fell in love with Eric Clapton. Sheesh! And of course, the author herself slept with Mick Jagger, Ringo Star, and a number of others. Okay, so it's like rubber-necking a car wreck:even shame can't prevent you from looking.

  • Mike Hickey
    2019-01-05 11:02

    Chris O'Dell's new book MISS O'DELL is like having a backstage all-access pass to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. At the ripe old age of 20, she manages to not only land employment at Apple Records and work for the Beatles but to actually become intimate friends with them, their wives, and their world. Her charmed life then takes her on a magical mystery tour with the Stones, Dylan, CSNY, Queen, Zeppelin, and Echo and the Bunnymen (you'll just have to read the book). As a genuine lover of 60's and 70's rock, I was completely engaged in the compelling scenes behind the scenes and living vicariously through the ups and downs, the highs and lows of my musical heroes. Its down-to-earth narrative style is almost matter-of-fact and never salacious or smarmy yet doesn't fail to deliver the raw details, warts, track marks, and all. It is so much more than just "Wow, I can't believe I'm singing on the 'Hey Jude' chorus" or, "George Harrison really wrote a song just for me?" If it was just star-gazing from close up, it would have been plenty for me, but this book also shows the propensity one has for getting burned when one gets too close to the fire. It's been a long time since I said, "I couldn't put it down", but I put this book down long enough only to sleep four hours then wake up and finish the journey. After reading Miss O'Dell, it's a wonder that there weren't more tragedies like Jimi and Janis. Bravo to Chris for telling her story and for triumphing over the kinds of excess that made rock 'n' roll famous and infamous.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-29 08:06

    Chris O'Dell's life is pretty much just a string of good luck. A chance meeting in LA of a guy by the name of Derek literally changes her whole life. From there she goes onto work (and get to know) with some of biggest names in the music world - The Beatles, The Stones, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Santana, CSNY, among others. She also becomes intimate friends with Pattie Boyd and Maureen (Ringo's ex wife). Her life was a series of extreme ups and downs, including terrible drug use, but in the end she was able to break free from those evils and ultimately live a full life. Her stories are extremely fun to read because you feel like you're getting to know these musicians in an intimate way. I didn't always sympathize with her and her choices but at the same time I don't think O'Dell was trying to get you to agree with everything she said or did, she merely wanted to relay how she came to know and work in the heart of rocknroll. I appreciate her honestly and it kept me reading.Definitely recommend this book to lovers of the artists' mentioned music & those who enjoy a good autobiography. I think this book is a real gem among the unauthorized biographies about theses same artists. Chris O'Dell is one of us, she isn't famous, but she got to run with some of the most famous people ever and that to me makes her story worth reading.

  • Kimberly Ann
    2019-01-20 11:47

    Actually this book was better than I expected.... (have I been saying this a bit lately). I had no idea who Chris O'Dell was or that she was more than a groupie, but the title of the book intrigued me, so I pulled it from the shelf.It turns out Chris O'Dell was in the right place at the right time..... A friend of hers invited her out one night to meet Derek Taylor who worked with the Beatles at Apple. Derek invited Chris to go back to London to Apple and once there she volunteered at Apple until she was offered a job. She worked w/ Neil Aspinall, Peter Asher, George & Patti Harrison, Eric Clapton and many other well placed recording industry people. She was once the short-term girlfriend of Leon Russel....Some of her stories are pathetic, how drugs & alcohol made some of the musicians just freaking nuts, how the addictions almost destroyed her.....Not too much name dropping going on (which I was worried there would be), just the relationships she had with these people.I have to hand it to her, she stuck to it and made a pretty good life for herself.

  • Alexa Silver
    2019-01-10 06:57

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book, if it was going to be more of a catalog of the times or if the author would be able to capture the personalities of some of the most honored musicians of their age--or any age.From the very first page, I was completely and utterly charmed with Chris O'Dell. Her story was heartfelt, affectionate, and softly nostalgic at times, and very hard hitting at others. I really respected that she didn't pull any punches when artists behaved badly,Throughout, I kept mentally referencing her first moments with rock royalty, when she expressed a hope that Pattie Harrison would help her with her makeup. There was something so fresh and innocent (though not naive) about that girl, and as Chris evolved, I could still sense that young woman inside the more seasoned lady.Thanks for sharing your story, Chris! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the music world of the late sixties and seventies through your eyes!

  • Marc VanDermeer
    2019-01-18 04:08

    Miss O'Dell is not a literary genius but she does chronicle an era that many of us had either grown up in or had watched our siblings and older friends explore. Though I did nt get to Woodstock (I was in Florence) upon my return the following week I heard some of the amazing stories. Miss O'Dell tells the stories of what was actually happening at Apple records and on various recording studio outings.The pages are filled with ' Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll . Her writing style is similar to a "mater of fact" story over tea.I loved hearing these tales , and found myself living vicariously through her memories. This is a great read for all of the parents of teenagers who have forgotten what it was like when we were growing up. O

  • Marco101
    2019-01-13 09:48

    Miss O'Dell is not a literary genius but she does chronicle an era that many of us had either grown up in or had watched our siblings and older friends explore. Though I did nt get to Woodstock (I was in Florence) upon my return the following week I heard some of the amazing stories. Miss O'Dell tells the stories of what was actually happening at Apple records and on various recording studio outings.The pages are filled with ' Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll . Her writing style is similar to a "mater of fact" story over tea.I loved hearing these tales , and found myself living vicariously through her memories. This is a great read for all of the parents of teenagers who have forgotten what it was like when we were growing up. O

  • Bunny
    2018-12-24 08:54

    Finished reading it and returned it to the library. The very next day, found a copy at a thrift store. It's fate!----Love. this. So much.Not only do I adore her casual way of telling a story, but the stories themselves fill me with so much envy that it's a little hard to breathe. It's not difficult to get pulled into the stories, and if you're as big a fan of the musicians she discusses as I am, you can see and hear what she saw and heard.Her descent into addiction was hard to read, but still so perfectly done. I really, really enjoyed this.And did I mention the jealousy? 'Cause WOW.