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From 1968 to 1984, Chris O'Dell worked in the music world as an assistant and tour manager for the most influential musicians of that era. She has appeared on television, radio, and print media relating to her stories of her years with The Beatles and The Stones. She appears in a number of books written about the various groups she worked for including I, Me Mine by George Harrison; Rolling Thunder Logbook by Sam Shepard; Wonderful Tonight by Patti Boyd, and Clapton by Eric Clapton. Currently, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. She has a twenty-two year old son and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Katherine Ketcham is the coauthor of 13 books, including the New York Times bestseller Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Moyers and the bestselling classics Under the Influence with James Milam and The Spirituality of Imperfection with Ernest Kurtz. More than 1.4 million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into 13 languages. She has three adult children and lives in Walla Walla, Washington with her husband.

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Ever wonder what was really going on in the studio when the Beatles recorded the White Album? Chris O'Dell offers these entertaining vignettes of her backstage experiences with the boys in the bands-Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton-for whom she was variously muse, lover, typist, confidante, and, on one occasion, drug runner. O'Dell pops up with Zelig-like ubiquity in pop music's most iconic moments, and the book is a gossip gold mine-but it's also a deeply felt account of living a full life, with all its concomitant regrets. Renee Raudman delivers a stunning wallop of a recording that captures the essence of the stories with easy glamour and raw emotion. A Touchstone hardcover. (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

In this rock'n'roll memoir, O'Dell recalls the arc of her young life, which included rubbing shoulders with such luminaries of the late-1960s London music scene as the Beatles, the Stones, and Eric Clapton, not to mention Bob Dylan. Her role at the time as an Apple Records assistant even enabled her to participate in the creative process, as when she lent her (admittedly amateurish) vocals to the refrain of "Hey Jude." Actress/narrator Renee Raudman's pleasing, often playful voice conveys O'Dell's endless surprise at her good fortune. For those wanting an inside look at the music business during the apex, and aftermath, of rock's most important era. [The Touchstone hc was recommended "for fans of Pamela Des Barres's I'm with the Band and Pattie Boyd's Wonderful Tonight," LJ 9/15/09.-Ed.]-Chris Rager, Pasadena, CA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"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
"Chris O'Dell knew all the greatest names in sixties and seventies pop, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Nicknamed 'the Pisces Apple Lady,' she was the ultimate insider, a uniquely trusted employee and friend in a world where betrayal and backstabbing are the norm. Now at last she tells her story, in devastating detail yet without envy or malice...a rockin' good read." -- Philip Norman, author of Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation 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

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