Book Review: “Horse-Doggin’” by Dave Morrell

Horse doggin Author Dave Morrell is a guy you just love to hate!  He’s the guy that had that job working in the WEA distribution center…touching, feeling, smelling, caressing, fondling and listening to all the new records that all us ordinary people had to wait to get our hands on!  And he had the audacity to write a book about it!

After reading that Dave Morrell was to be a guest on Jude Kessler’s John Lennon Hour show on November 18, 2014, I decided it might be worth my while to find out who this guy is.  Jude wrote that he was friends with John Lennon and had written a book called Horse-Doggin’.  When I checked on Amazon, the Kindle version of Horse-Doggin’ was only 79 pages, presenting me with the opportunity to get the book and read it before his interview tonight.

If you like books with fluffy words and long drawn out descriptions of a look, a sunset or a song, this is not the book for you.  Dave is very concise and direct with his words.  There are no paragraphs with the same sentence written three different ways in this book!  Just the way I like my books.  He gets straight to the point of telling his stories without a lot of nonsense filler.  Along the way through his post high school years, he attends to the very best concerts of 1972-1973, meets musical legends backstage and at parties and even shares and exchanges albums with John Lennon.  He holds the very first Beatles convention in his bedroom and is often referred to as a Beatles Freak!

Wonderful book with wonderful stories.  Not the best writing style…but it’ll get you through the night!

I rate this book: 3 out of 4 Beetles!

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Video: Beatles Fan returns Billy J. Kramer’s sock after 50 years!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a teenage girl during the very height of Beatlemania in the mid 1960s?  Well, this video of author Dee Elias lets you know how far those girls would go to get close to their favorite stars!  Watch as Dee finally gets to meet Billy J. Kramer at the 2014 Fest for Beatles Fans in L.A. 50 years after she stole his sock from his hotel room WHILE HE SLEPT!

For more information on Dee Elias and her book, Confessions of a Beatlemaniac, go to: http://www.ConfessionsOfABeatlemaniac.com

NOTE:  Dee Elias was contacted by Mr. Kramer’s manager  on Oct. 20th and threatened with legal action if she did not take down the above video from YouTube.  She complied with (what I feel is their irrational) their request.  If you’d like to know Dee’s story, please read her book.

 

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Book Review: The Beatles and Me on Tour by Ivor Davis

Ivor Davis bookI met Ivor Davis for the first time at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans in August.  The word most commonly used to describe Ivor was ‘charming’.  And that he was!  He won everyone over who had the privilege to meet him and take home a copy of his book.  I’ve finally gotten around to reading this book and here’s my honest review.

What an absolute delight this books is!  Refreshing and so well written, anyone can just breeze through it’s pages.  The only downside…it ends.  Ivor has spent his life as a reporter and it shows in his writing style…very easy and smooth, it’s an absolute joy to follow him along on his journey with the Beatles during their 1964 tour of America.  Ivor doesn’t bore you with HIS story…he tells the story of what was going on behind the scenes.  Readers get the inside story of the Beatles backstage, in the air, holed up in their hotel rooms like caged animals and the secret meetings and parties that went on with other stars of the time.

Without a doubt, this book is a must read and must have for any true Beatles fan.  And if you’d like to know more about Ivor and his book, you can go to his website at: www.IvorDavisBeatles.com.  There are also links to let you know where you can purchase your own copy.

And if you’re in the L.A. area, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Ivor Davis at the Fest for Beatles Fans in L.A. on October 10-12, 2014.

I rate this book: 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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Book Review: ‘Confessions of a Beatlemaniac’ by Dee Elias

'Confessions of a Beatlemaniac' by Dee Elias
‘Confessions of a Beatlemaniac’ by Dee Elias

I had the pleasure of meeting Dee Elias at the Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago and finding out about her book ‘Confessions of a Beatlemaniac: A true story of a fan who broke all the rules to meet the Beatles!‘  Without even reading a word, I got the impression that Dee’s story is going to become huge among other Beatles fans.

Though this book is currently listed on Amazon.com as being for ages 10 – 18, it’s definitely a multi-generational read.  Taken from the pages of Dee’s diary when she was 14-16 years old, this book tells of the extent to which Dee, her friends and many other Beatlemaniacs would go to just to get close to the Beatles.   This is the story of how she honed her technique by managing to meet other stars like Sonny & Cher and Simon & Garfunkel.

Why did she wait so long to tell her story?  When I spoke with her at the fest, she said not only did she think no one would be interested, she also was still keeping her antics a secret from her parents 50 years later!

If you’re looking for a fun book directly from the heart of a true Beatle fan who was THERE, you’ll enjoy this quick (168 page) read.  (And you absolutely won’t want to miss the story of Dee’s encounter with Billy J. Kramer!)

This book is available for Kindle at Amazon.com.  Paperbacks are available exclusively through Dee’s website: www.ConfessionsOfABeatleManiac.com.

You can follow Dee on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Confessionsofabeatlemaniac 

 

I rate this book: 4 out of 4 Beetles

 

 

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And you can keep the dime (Jim Croce)

This meme was passed along to me by Lanea Stagg, the author of Recipe Records Cookbooks.  She’s an incredibly creative and talented woman who has a Beatles themed cookbook in her series!  There are only four questions, but I hope you enjoy learning a little about what I’m working on outside of this blog.  I know I haven’t spent much time on here, but I think these four questions will help you understand why.  Enjoy!

1. What am I working on?

Well, for the past two years, I’ve buried myself in research for a book I hope to write about the life of Jim Croce.  I was nine years old when Jim Croce died in a plane crash and it was the first celebrity death that I remember hearing about.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There aren’t a lot of books about Jim Croce except for the few by his widow Ingrid and two books written for children about him.  I also know of two other books that are currently being written.  One is by his cousin Steve and the other is by the sister of his accompanist Maury who was also killed in the plane crash 40 years ago.  Except for the children’s books, most of the books are about the personal lives of the Jim and Maury, while I hope to approach my book from a more professional angle.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I don’t know what possessed me to write this book.  One day I happened to stumble upon the fact that Jim Croce is buried about seven miles from my house.  I decided to go visit his grave and something inside of me decided I needed to write his story.  It hasn’t been an easy task…roadblocks seem to pop up everywhere.  But just as soon as one roadblock appears another open road shows ups and I discover some new information.  The research has been so much fun!

4. How does your writing process work?

Writing process?  What writing?!  LOL  I’ve been so busy doing research, I don’t know when I’ll actually start writing.  Every time I decide it’s time to sit down and seriously put some words on paper, I stumble on some new facts that need investigating.  When I do finally get to sit down and write, my process will be to start at the very beginning and just keep writing until it’s done!

 

So that’s it for me and my upcoming New York Times bestseller!  It’s time to pass the hat to other bloggers to find out what they’re writing about in their spare time.

Tag…you’re it:

Craig Vanderslice (aka CigarCraig)

Shelley Germeaux (aka Lennon Examiner)

 

 

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Beatles ‘Twist and Shout’ hula hoop dance

A little something for your viewing pleasure.  This is folksinger and hoop instructor Melissa Cox on the beach in New Zealand hoop dancing to the Beatles ‘Twist and Shout’

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