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Bonus Book Review: “Unsinkable: A Memoir” by Debbie Reynolds

I’m going to create a new headline for books that I’ve read that aren’t Beatles related. If you see “Bonus Book Review” in the headline, you will know that book doesn’t mention the Beatles, making it easier to just pass-by the review if you’re not interested.

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As I said in my last post about Carrie Fisher’s book, I bought that book as a companion read toUnsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds (aka Princess Leia’s mom in real life). Debbie really has no connection to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that we Beatles freaks know and love, except maybe for the time in 1974 when she was invited to a party at Mick Jagger’s house and her children insisted she go and take them with her! A short but funny story that she tells in this book.

This book is very appropriately named. Debbie Reynolds, though always considered one of American’s sweethearts, took her fair share of knocks, especially from all three of her husbands! Yet, she got right back up again and kept moving. Every financial hit made her go out and work harder to recoup her losses to support herself and her two children – Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. And Debbie talks extensively about her Hollywood memorabilia collection that she wanted to build a museum for, but instead had to auction off after her third husband put her into financial ruin.

Some stand out moments in this book include her talking about the biggest dicks in Hollywood…and I mean that literally! Sweet little Debbie dishes the dirt on some of the most well endowed Hollywood hunks! Or maybe when she tells the story of her first on screen kiss in the movie “Singin’ In The Rain” with Gene Kelly and he shoved his 34 year old tongue down her 19 year old virginal throat.

If you love old Hollywood musicals, like I do, then you’ll love reading about the (mis)adventures of Debbie Reynolds’ 70 year career in Tinseltown! And for that reason…

I rate this book, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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Book Review: “Beatles vs. Stones” by John McMillian

 Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian was published in 2013, but I just saw it for the first time a couple weeks ago on the shelf at Barnes & Noble.  As I said previously, I rarely pay full price for any of the books I review, so when I went looking for a used copy online, I discovered that there had been another earlier book written on this same topic.  I reviewed that book, The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, last week.  The difference between the two is amazing!

This book is actually a very enjoyable read and I learned a lot about the relationship between John & Paul and Mick & Keith.  They were all actually very good friends from the very start and John and Paul actually wrote the second song The Rolling Stones recorded!  That’s something that I didn’t read in last week’s book… a book that now appears like it was just a pissing contest between the co-authors to see who knew more about the two bands and their albums.

As for my opinion on this topic, both books start out early saying there was no rivalry between the two highly successful British invasion bands.  So why the books?  Because just like the press has always done, they created a rivalry that never really existed.

The book that I think really needs to be written (and maybe it has and I just haven’t found it yet) is The Beatles vs. The Beach Boys.  Those were two bands that used to analyze and look at the dynamics of each others songs and try to outdo each other.  It wasn’t just a pissing contest for first place on the record charts…it was who could write the better song and produce a better album!

Still this is a great book to learn about the relationship and friendship between two of the greatest bands the world has every known.  And for that reason…

I rate this book, 3 out of 4 Beetles!

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You can get a copy of this book at Half.com for about $0.75

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