Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“The Beatles and Me on Tour” by Journalist Ivor Davis’ Insightful New Book

The Beatles and me on Tour“The Beatles and Me on Tour”
Journalist Ivor Davis’ Insightful New Book About
His 24/7 Life With The Beatles on Their American
Tour 50 Years Ago

In the summer of 1964, the Beatles embarked on a record-breaking pandemonium-inducing tour of America and Canada. Released today, “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 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. 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.

 Why did he wait fifty years to write this book?

“Being stationed in America in the sixties,” said Davis, “was a continual roller coaster ride of news and earth shaking events to cover as a journalist. I traveled with Bobby Kennedy and was at the Ambassador Hotel the night he was assassinated. I was smuggled into the University of Mississippi when James Meredith enrolled and on the front lines of the Los Angeles Watts riots three years later. Then came the seventies with the Angela Davis and Daniel Ellsberg trials to cover. Not to mention the Patty Hearst conviction. I switched jobs to the Times of London and took on more entertainment stories. So much news to cover moved my Beatles experiences on the back burner.”

Davis did take time in 1969 to co-write “Five to Die,” the first book published on the Sharon Tate murders. 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. Davis currently resides in Ventura, California.

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.

The book is available now on Amazon and for bookstores through Ingram. B&N, iBookstore and others will be available by August 1. His website is www.IvorDavisBeatles.com. Ivor will be blogging and on Facebook and Twitter with a daily journal of what was happening that day 50 years ago. This begin August 18, the day the Beatles landed in San Francisco and he joined the entourage.

**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent a free copy of the book for my personal use.  Thank you.**




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