This incandescent and lyrical work by author and Guggenheim Fellow Victor Lodato explores with delicacy, humor, and depth the story of teenager Mathilda Savitch as she attempts to make sense of the world and everything in it in the wake of her older sister's death.
Voice actor Cassandra Campbell's light, self-deprecating tone ideally complements Mathilda's quick intelligence and wit, which mask a grief that her traumatized parents are unable and unwilling to acknowledge. Campbell's performance of this inventive and affecting work is spot-on, allowing readers access to the deepest recesses of Mathilda's mind, and rendering this audiobook a truly moving and unforgettable experience.
My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles,The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved
Chris O'Dell wasn't famous. She wasn't even almost famous. But she was there.
She was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and when Paul recorded "Hey Jude," she sang in the chorus.
She was at Ringo's kitchen table when George Harrison said, "You know, Ringo, I'm in love with your wife," and Ringo replied, "Better you than someone we don't know."
She typed the lyrics to George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass". She lived with George and Pattie Boyd at Friar Park, developed a crush on Eric Clapton, and unwittingly got involved in the famous love story between Eric and Pattie.
She's the subject of Leon Russell's "Pisces Apple Lady", a song he wrote to woo her. Other rock legends with whom she was intimate include Ringo, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan.
She worked with the Rolling Stones as their personal assistant 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" about a love triangle on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour. She's the "mystery woman" pictured on the back of the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. She's the "Miss O'Dell" of George Harrison's song about her.
Jam-packed with intimate anecdotes, Miss O'Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.
©2009 Chris O'Dell; (P)2009 Tantor
"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)
"[D]evastating detail yet without envy or malice...a rockin' good read." (Philip Norman, author of Shout! 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)
It is unusual to read an autobiography like this and get such detail and a sense of character. Usually, the writing is extremely lazy and they pretty much rehash things everyone already knows. However, with this book, you get very detailed anecdotes about working at Apple Corp., living at George Harrison's Frair Park, working for Mick Jagger, working on famous tours, etc. I read the book and was very pleasantly surprised so I got the audio version. It was just as good to listen to.
I've read most of the books about the Beatles and the Stones, and this is one of the least informative . . . but somehow it manages to be among the most entertaining. Certainly NOT a scholorly analysis of the musical or cultural impact of our greatest musical legends, "Miss O'Dell" is nonetheless a fascinating insider's view of what these artists' lives were like outside the studio. Perhaps even more interesting is her detailed descriptions of what life was like for the people just outside the spotlights: wives, friends, employees and hangers-on. If you want exhaustive details on the Beatles recordings or musical legacy, listen to Geoff Emerick's excellent "Here, There and Everywhere." But if you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in the roiling wake of our greatest rock stars, artistic genuises and cultural icons, "Miss O'Dell" should be at the very top of your list. I loved it.
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