Magical Mystery Tours : My Life With the Beatles (Paperback)

Author: Bramwell, Tony

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A Top Ten Music Book Bestseller in" The Independent" (UK)
""Brings the era to vivid life. The mythic moments are all here."" Magical Mystery Tours"" is a tour" "de force." ---Entertainment Weekly"
Growing up in a postwar Liverpool suburb, Tony Bramwell was boyhood friends with three of the Beatles long before they were famous. And by the time he caught up with George Harrison on the top of a bus to check out "The Beatles, direct from Hamburg"---one of which George turned out to be---Tony was well into a life story absolutely unlike any other.
Tony carried George's guitar that night, and he stayed with the band from the first Number 1 to the last. From overseeing the tours of Brian Epstein's Merseybeat stars to producing shows for Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Cream, and Pink Floyd at Epstein's Savile Theatre; and from producing and directing Beatles videos to heading Apple Films, Tony's life really did encompass a who's who of rock.
With an insider's shrewd eye, Tony describes the rise and fall of the Apple empire, Brian Epstein's frolics, Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, Phil Spector's eccentric behavior, and stories never before told about Yoko Ono. He uncovers new information about the Shea Stadium concert footage, John Lennon's late-night "escapes," and more. From the Cavern Club to the rooftop concert, and from scraps of song lyrics to the discovery of the famous Mr. Kite circus poster, Tony Bramwell really did see it all.
It's a story in which every character is one of the musical 1960s most colorful. Conversational, direct, and honest, the ultimate Beatles insider finally shares his own version of the frantic and glorious ascent of four boys from Liverpool lads to rock androll kings.
Praise for "Magical Mystery Tours"
"A must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Fab Four. Bramwell doesn't hold back with his tales of the grand insanity that tailed The Beatles."--"The New York Post"
"Energetically written...a vivid and intensely personal look at not only the Beatles but at a storybook trip from the docks of Liverpool to swinging London and the very epicenter of the British invasion."--"Publishers Weekly "
"A sprawling, amiable account of life near the world's most famous and most gifted pop group. A welcome addition to Beatles lore."--"The Globe and Mail "(Canada)


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312330446
SKU 202157896
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312330448
Release Date 4/4/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.25T
"Though Bramwell can't climb into the Beatles' heads, he does recreate the serendipitous atmosphere that surrounded their songwriting. And his steel-trap memory carries the big picture along with a mob of details, many of them personal.... Even the most Beatle-weary reader will be charmed and engaged by this intimate account."
"Energetically written, this is a vivid and intensely personal look at not only the Beatles but at a storybook trip from the docks of Liverpool to swinging London and the very epicenter of the British invasion."
"[S]ome of the details are great. There are thumbnail sketches of a pissed McCartney's barroom philosophy, some salacious Epstein gossip, and a hilariously spiteful portrait of Yoko that puts back her re-evaluation a good 20 years."
"[Bramwell] rolls their tale over in a leisurely, conversational manner that brings the era to vivid life. The mythic moments are all here, from original drummer Pete Best's ouster to manager Brian Epstein's drug-related death in 1967....[A] tour de force of amusing details...."
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Annotation Tony Bramwell occupies a unique place in the Beatles' story--he was one of the only people employed by the band to actually have grown up with John, Paul, and George in Liverpool. Bramwell has a remarkable recall of a host of major and minor occurrences in the band and in its members' careers, from Paul McCartney losing his virginity at 15, to the first appearance of Yoko Ono (whom he characterizes as a stalker) in the mid-1960s. The author's insider's knowledge provides many revealing vignettes, including Brian Epstein's noted insecurity and the Beatles' confusion at being told to spend their money to avoid the taxman. Though the Fab Four's tale has been told many times, Bramwell's fresh take is a singularly intimate and consistently enjoyable look at the band's often muddled inner workings, as well as a striking portrayal of the infectious euphoria of the Sixties.
Editors Note A childhood friend of the Beatles discusses his relationships with Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison before and throughout their careers, during which he witnessed such events as the downfall of Apple Records, the marriage of Lennon to Yoko Ono, and the discovery of the famous Mr. Kite poster. Reprint.
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