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  • 07/2014
  • 978-0-9903710-7-6
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The Beatles and Me On Tour
Ivor Davis, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

In the summer of 1964, the Beatles embarked on a record-breaking pandemonium-inducing tour of America and Canada. “The Beatles and Me on Tour” presents the first chronicle of that tour told by an insider: author/journalist Ivor Davis, then a young reporter for the LondonDaily Express. Ivor traveled with the Beatles as the only British newspaper writer invited on the entire tour. Through thirty-four days and twenty-four cities, Davis traveled with the Beatles watching them make rock history. He enjoyed unrestricted access to the four boys fresh from Liverpool—from their hotel suites to backstage at concert arenas to their private jet.
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Davis, a British journalist transplanted to Los Angeles, was commissioned to go with on a tour of the U.S. the Beatles in the summer of 1964, mostly to be a ghostwriter for George Harrison’s column in the London Daily Express. He got to know “the boys” and the intricacies of their relationships, witnessed their sexual peccadilloes on the road, and became close to their manager, Brian Epstein. He was present when the Beatles met Elvis and when they smoked pot with Bob Dylan for the first time. Fans of the Beatles will absolutely delight in Davis’s insider account of a frenetic tour, and there are several stories that enthusiasts have heard before. While Davis has a legitimacy that other authors do not, he clearly straddles the line between journalist and fan. That doesn’t make him shy away from the Beatles’ less attractive traits (John Lennon’s anti-Semitism and mocking of the disabled, for example), but it does put a glossier patina on his tale. (BookLife)
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07/31/2014
“The Beatles and Me on Tour” Author Ivor Davis to be feature speaker at Mali

(Ventura, CA – July 31, 2014) In the summer of 1964, the Beatles invade America with a 24-city tour and through the release of their first movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” The Malibu Film Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie’s opening with special showings, Friday August 8 at 7:30 and 9:15 PM, and Saturday, August 9 at 7 and 9 PM. They are also hosting a special screening at The Grove in Hollywood at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 7.

For both screenings on Saturday and at The Grove Thursday, the Society announces a very special guest:  Ivor Davis, the journalist who befriended the Beatles early on, traveling with them across the globe as they developed into international superstars.  Ivor’s brand new book, “The Beatles & Me on Tour,” is now available and he will be signing copies at both of Saturday screenings.  He’ll also be joining an audience Q&A, sharing some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Beatles’ early years.

The screenings and Q&A will take place at the Malibu Screen Room, 24855 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (located in the Malibu Jewish Center). To purchase tickets, visit: www.malibufilmsociety.org.

The Grove screening is outdoors in the main plaza of the shopping center near Nordstrom.

About Ivor Davis:

 “The Beatles and Me on Tour” presents the first chronicle of that tour told by an insider: author/journalist Ivor Davis, then a young reporter for the London Daily Express. Ivor traveled with the Beatles as the only British newspaper writer invited on the entire tour.

Through thirty-four days, Davis traveled with the Beatles watching them make rock history. He enjoyed unrestricted access to the four boys fresh from Liverpool—from their hotel suites to backstage at concert arenas to their private jet. He fended off excited girls, and their insistent mothers, attempts to hook up with the band. Ivor played all night games of Monopoly with John Lennon, became the ghostwriter of a newspaper column for George Harrison, and witnessed the night Bob Dylan “deflowered” the young marijuana virgins.

As foreign correspondent, he traveled throughout the western hemisphere covering riots, floods, earthquakes and politics. As Editor at Large for Los Angeles Magazine, he and his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis, wrote more than 100 major magazine and cover stories. He reported four World Soccer Cups for CBS radio.

In “The Beatles and Me on Tour,” Davis recounts in frank and amusing fashion, the rip-roaring adventures of the most legendary band at a critical moment in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.  The book recreates a world long gone but not forgotten, especially for the hundreds of thousands of girls who spent a summer night fifty years ago screaming for their dream, the Beatles.

For interviews, review copies of the book, and further information, please contact:

Kathleen Kaiser, 805.607.6717, Kathleen@KathleenKaiser.com.

Formats
Details
  • 07/2014
  • 978-0-9903710-7-6
  • 310 pages
  • $15.99

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