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An inside view of the Beatles 1964 tour.

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  “…my first big job: To cover, from start to finish, a hot British rock ’n’ roll group making its first concert tour of North America.” That group, of course, was the Beatles. Already popular in Europe, they were largely unknown in America – but all of that changed with their fateful Ed Sullivan appearnace, […]

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“…my first big job: To cover, from start to finish, a hot British rock ’n’ roll group making its first concert tour of North America.”

That group, of course, was the Beatles. Already popular in Europe, they were largely unknown in America – but all of that changed with their fateful Ed Sullivan appearnace, and reporter Ivor Davis was along for the ride for their very first American tour. Given the task of shadowing the group for their 1964 tour, he had no idea how very close he would actually be to the group – and how very big they would become.

The Beatles and Me is an accounting of that tour, beginning with the call that got Ivor Davis assigned to the tour. Little did he know then how very close his access would be. For the entirety of the tour, Davis had hotel rooms in the same block as the Beatles, flew along in their private jets, had front row seats to every performance, and even went along on their various meet and greets, giving him an unparalleled view of them, both as people and as performers.

Davis was there as they made their frenzied trip from venue to venue – most of them sold out, but few of them actually set up for musical performances. Though no one could really even hear the band over the frenzied screams of their fans, none in the audience seemed to mind. Davis was there as the band pushed their way through throngs of fans at virtually every place they went to. Davis was there as hysterical fans tried just about anything to get access to the boys – hiding in rooms and crawling through air ducts included. And Davis was there as the Beatles met other iconic musicians as well. From a jam session at Elvis’ place, to a photo session with Shirley Temple, to smoking pot with Bob Dylan, Davis was there.

The Beatles and Me is an interesting look inside who the Beatles were in 1964. From conversations about how they feel about the screaming fans everywhere, to the struggles of others in their entourage, to what their daily lives were like during that period in time, this book gives a largely uncensored look at what sort of lives they led. Although it is largely centered on Ivor Davis and his experiences during the tour, there are many tidbits given about things that happened before and after the tour as well, giving a well rounded view of an iconic rock band. It’s a must have for diehard Beatles fans, and an interesting look at what it was really like to tour with the Beatles.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)