Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective(R). A true Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. An international authority on The Beatles, he has co-authored three other books: Black Market Beatles; The Beatles Digest; Nevermind Nirvana; and he edited John, Paul & Me: Before The Beatles. Berkenstadt has consulted to The Beatles and the Estate of George Harrison on numerous projects.
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出版社: Rock And Roll Detective Publishing; 1版 (2013/12/13)
5つ星のうち5.0not least because of the sad consequences and the mystery surrounding Jimmie's post Beatles stand- ...
All credit to an author who has picked a unique Beatles related subject to write a detailed history on - and it is detailed. All avid Beatles readers will welcome this "diversionary" Beatles topic, not least because of the sad consequences and the mystery surrounding Jimmie's post Beatles stand- in career and its effects on him. The author goes to enormous lengths to uncover material that was previously unknown and not without a little success. Nichol was different from the early members of the Quarry Men in that he was part of the Beatles at a time when they had already attained huge world fame, albeit for 10 days - and that makes for a rather different experience. The best part of the book comes in the last third, where the author really does get to grips with tracking him down - page turning stuff : the early part deals with what he did after his 1964 Beatles World Tour stand-in, and puts into context the effects of his 10 days of fame. His early musical career pre Beatles stand- in is also included. This book is what every biography reader wants - detail. And the added bonus element of mystery. Buy it.
To most Beatles fans Jimmie Nicol is merely a footnote in the history of the band - a drummer asked to fill in during the start of their first world tour when Ringo was taken ill. He played with them for thirteen days, the concerts taking him from Denmark and the Netherlands, to Hong Kong and Australia and from relative obscurity to the madness of Beatlemania. George Harrison was quite scathing in the Anthology about going on tour without Ringo, but with the tour literally days away and tickets sold, presumably Brian Epstein felt that cancelling was not an option. In this really fascinating account of Jimmie Nicol's life, the author not only tells the story of his career as a musician, but of how those thirteen days affected everything that followed.
The beginning of Jimmie's career saw him on many of the Larry Parne's package tours, including the 1960 tour with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. He was a session musician and played with Georgie Fame, among others. When the Beatles needed a drummer the author explains how their paths had already crossed and he was a natural choice to fill in. Sadly, the fleeting moments of superstardom seemed to bring him more problems than success. It was nice to read that both George and Paul tried to make contact (indeed, in Paul's case offer help) even if it was rebuffed. However, this book gives as full an account of the drummers whole career as he could have wished and even turns into a detective story as Jim Berkenstadt tries to discover his whereabouts. For fans this is an intriguing and fascinating read about the man who wished he could stay a Beatle.
I read everything I can that touches on the Beatles, so I was very interested in this book and in fact have often wondered to myself what ever happened to Jimmie Nicol. The book is a very interesting read and I found it very informative not only about Jimmie Nicol and his life, but there is also a lot of very interesting information about the music scene and characters from the fifties through to the late sixties. I hadn't realised the extent of Jimmies career prior to his week of fame with the Beatles and of course like most people I guess, knew even less about his post Beatles period, This book fills in all the facts with remarkable detail and seems very well researched, in the last few chapters we find out what happened to Jimmie Nicol, but, and this is no fault of the author, it is a great pity that the man himself did not feel he could make a contribution. If you are a music fan rooted in the sixties, buy this book, you will not regret it.
An absolutly fascinating account of the life and works of the man who temporarily replaced an ill Ringo Starr in 1964, for 3 weeks. The amount of research that the author has put is amazing, I thought that I would skim the book until I got to the Beatles section, but no! What a fantastic read, I have been totally absorbed in this book for the last few days. The section on the Beatle tour is obviously the highlight, presenting lots of new facts and behind the scenes stuff. (What happens on tour, stays on tour............). But what happened to jimmie after is equally as fascinating. I thoroughly recommend this book to any Beatle fan.
This is a very intriguing story. A man who came in at a pivitol time in the Beatles touring career. He arrives in to the the Dutch tour, then on to Australia while Ringo is in hospital, he is obviously enjoying the experience from the photos, then Ringo returns......then Jimmy is a Nobody ....again!
His life afterwards is very checkered, a book that should have been written a long time ago!