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Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles

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"If you want to know anything about the Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers more than I do."- Sir Paul McCartney to Donovan in a January 2002 interview

Tony Bramwell's remarkable life began in a postwar Liverpool suburb, where he was childhood friends with three of the Beatles long before they were famous. And by the time he caught up with George Harrison on the top of
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 5th 2000)
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someone was clearly not a fan of yoko
If you're more than into their music, then Bramwell's book will provide prequels as well as dirty deeds. He's almost a Forrest Gump of the Beatles in that he always seems to find himself in the thick of things without affecting the outcome.

Good read.
With Bramwell, psych yourself up for some juicy tidbits…

*bytheway, for fans of Yoko Ono, it’d probably be advisable to overlook this book. Or maybe not…your call =) *

*also, one may opt to read other Beatles chronicles first…just to be a little bit more familiar.*

A lot of people who have written memoirs about their experience with the Beatles are almost always touted to be the “ones who were there”; the people “who knew what really happened behind the scenes.” Since I’ve barely read more than a c
Tony Bramwell brings a unique perspective to his biography of the Beatles. He knew them as a child and played with Paul and George. I loved his memories of the young Beatles and enjoyed stories I had not heard elsewhere. He tells of George picking Tony and his mother up for a Sunday drive. He also writes about Paul popping into the shops in his neighborhood and good-naturedly laughing when the "scruffs" let themselves into his house by helping themselves to the key under his flower pot and stole ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles Fans, Music Buffs, Rock 'n Roll Agents, Groupies and Roadies of all breeds
Aptly titled, Magical Mystery Tours essentially chronicles the wild life of Tony Bramwell which just so happens to intricately intertwine with the always interesting exploits of our beloved Beatles!

Whether in Liverpool, London or the good ole' USofA, if it happend to the Beatles, well, Tony was there. Sure, he might've missed out on the Ed Sullivan show but from the earliest gigs at the Cavern Club to cruising Sunset Blvd with music industry honchos and crashing Mick and Keiths in Lennon's flori
Bob Schnell
Tony Bramwell might have been a Beatle if a small physical handicap hadn't kept him from playing music. Instead, he was close friends with them and eventually became a player in the modern music industry. The book really flies when Bramwell relates tales of the Beatles early days, offering insights and perspective only he could provide. You can tell he was having as much fun as "the boys" themselves. As his responsibilities grow and he spends less time with the Beatles (he has to hold down the f ...more
Hop on and enjoy this ride! This book is a riot

Tony's approach is very different than most biographies & is extremely entertaining!. He doesn't tip-toe around The Beatles' stories as if it were "holy history" or if they were made of fine china. He dives right in with sex jokes and gossip (where else will you come across a line, "to celebrate, he lost his virginity that evening and then told his mates" that comes off totally like your friends teasing you and not being mean or sarcastic)

Once Y
Diane Ramirez
When's the last time you shared gossip about the crazy parties in the Wild Swinging London of the 1960s? Or heard scoop on what happened at the end of the Beatles' days as a group from somebody that was actually there? Tony Bramwell was there from before the beginning, and he doesn't seem to hold back too much. Yoko Ono is, and this is a quote, a she-devil. A she-devil who bewitched an out-of-his-tree John Lennon and the people around him that cared couldn't do anything but watch the fallout of ...more
Fantastic insight into the Beatles from a very honest point of view. Particularly great for Paul McCartney fans, as Tony Bramwell seems to favour Paul and offers more stories in comparison to the other 3 Beatles. He clearly dislikes Yoko and unfortunately mentions Ringo and George rather infrequently as the book progresses into the later years. I feel Tony often digresses into stories from his own life (interesting - but not quite what you bought the book for) and in my opinion is prone to a bit ...more
This may be a bit too much info for people who do not already know the Beatles biography backwards and forwards. However, I found there were a lot of hilarious stories that I had not heard before, and I am also interested in their post-war childhood (Bramwell knew George since he was about eight years old and became aquianted marginally with the other Beatles later on. He became a defacto roadie after they returned from Hamburg). He also provides a lot of insight into Brian Epstein. Later on, th ...more
Anastasia Feschuk
I came across this book one day for $5 at HMV, and seeing as I’m a huge Beatles fan, I just couldn’t say no. Somehow, it was stuck on my shelf for half a year before I finally decided to buckle down and read it.

Non-fiction isn’t my favourite genre to read, but because the subject was the Beatles, I found it relatively entertaining. It was written by a close friend of the Beatles, who also happened to tour with them throughout their musical careers: Tony Bramwell. His view on the lives of the Bea
Doesn't offer anything new about a familiar story. It isn't terrible but don't come to this one unless you are still interested after reading better and more comprehensive books like "The Beatles" by Bob Spitz or the Anthology.
Lovely Rita
I really really liked this book. Tony Bramwell was a childhood friend of the Beatles who ended up working for Brian and then Apple. His utter dislike of Yoko highly amused me. Between calling her the Princess of Darkness and the stories of early JohnandYoko, like John wanting to know where he could get some risque pictures's pretty hilarious. I think this might be one of my favorite books about the Beatles - like Chris O'Dell and Geoff Emerick, this perspective is from an insider, ...more
I really really liked this book. Tony Bramwell was a childhood friend of the Beatles who ended up working for Brian and then Apple. His utter dislike of Yoko highly amused me. Between calling her the Princess of Darkness and the stories of early JohnandYoko, like John wanting to know where he could get some risque pictures's pretty hilarious. I think this might be one of my favorite books about the Beatles - like Chris O'Dell and Geoff Emerick, this perspective is from an insider, ...more
I didn't actually get all the way through this book, but I made a valiant effort. I was about 2/3 through and I had to return it to the library. (I had already renewed it once.) I'm sure I could have checked it out again, but it wasn't worth the effort. I found it to be an extremely boring read. The author just floats from one idea/story to the next without a clear narrative arc. The only seeming qualification for whether it belongs in the book is if Bramwell remembers it.
I probably would've giv
If you can't be the Beatles, grow up with them. Wow -- living Tony Bramwell's life sounds pretty damn good. He grew up with or around John, Paul & George and ended up working for them as they broke and Beatlemania hit the world. The people he's gotten to know and often hang out with in the music industry is mind-boggling. A very interesting look into the world of the Beatles (and boy, does this guy hate Yoko!). Maybe a bit longer than it needed to be, but still a worthwhile read for any fan ...more
This was the best book about the 60's I read this summer. Tony Bramwell gives a personal depiction of the Fab Four as well as other up and coming musical arists. It is an excellent inside view of how The Beatles were formed and the goings on over the years which led to their breakup when the self proclaimed 5th Beatle (Yoko - what a wacko) inserted herself inside there inner sanctum. It will strip away illusions with facts from Bramwell. Well written in it's delivery.
Bonnie Hagan
I't was a great read, it made me laugh and cry. I am a big Beatle's fan and grew up with them. I found it so interesting about their childhood and how they all got together to become the Beatle's. Quite the life they lived in the early days and how carzy everything was for 4 young men who just wanted to play music. If your a Beatle's fan you'll really enjoy it, as I've read a few books on the Beatle's this one is the best so far.
Esse é o MELHOR livro sobre os Beatles.Com sobras. Tony Bramwell esteve com os caras desde o comecinho. Junto, colado, trampando e curtindo tudo ali.
O livro conta sem frescuras o que era e como era. Super sincero e verdadeiro com todos os pingos nos is.
Entre tantas coisas sensacionais é o ÚNICO, que eu saiba, que conta a verdade sobre Yoko.
Esqueça tudo que vc leu sobre os Beatles e leia esse.
Ms. Sokol
This insightful book takes you through the life of the Beatles as seen by their childhood friend and constant roadie/video producer Tony Bramwell. The timeline of the band's life span is interspersed with funny anecdotes and interesting stories that keep you reading till the very end. I found the tidbits about John and Yoko's relationship to be the most interesting parts.
This is one of my favorite biographies I have ever read. It's engaging and was what really lured me into fully appreciating the Beatles as well as their impact on a generation. It's raw and honest which is what I really like about it. It shows the Beatles for who they really were and is told from one of their roadies. I highly recommend this book for any Beatles fan.
Another Beatles book, but this one with a twist: the author was a close personal friend of the Fab Four from childhood onward. Things really get rocking when Bramwell shares the you-had-to-be-there details from parties and get-togethers with Sixties musical royalty. Recommended to all of my fellow Beatlemaniacs.
Laura Leigh
A interesting read about a very influential group and the impact that they had on the entire world. I was sad when I read about how they broke up, and now I don't like Yoko Ono.
If you're a staunch Beatles fan you might enjoy it, though it gets a bit tedious here and there. It's clear that Bramwell HATES Yoko Ono and really slams her.
The details slow down the story sometimes, but Bramwell usese a 'light' style of writing that is very easy to read. Overall it was very enjoyable.
A very good book. Tony B. has an amazing recollection of his life with the Beatles, although, at times, he strays away from the point.
Clint Priest
Interesting perspective on The Beatles from the point of a roadie. All fans of the band should appreciate, especially nerds like me.
I thought I knew everything about the Beatles but this insider look really surprised me.
Interesting observations from someone who was actually there.
Dec 12, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jill
Anyone who likes the Beatles will love this book!
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