Wileyacez's Reviews > Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Women They Loved

Miss O'Dell by Chris O'Dell
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Mar 25, 12

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Okay--I've been on a rock and roll memoir kick. I've read Pattie Boyd's book and Bebe Buell's book. They both kind of depressed me because those women were really not much outside of their relationships with rock personas. This book was great--Chris O'Dell is "one of us" in the sense that she landed, by some good luck and lots of hard work, a life surrounded by some of the cultural icons of the rock world. Her story is the first of the bunch that did not involve total sex--which occurred but was kept side bar to the more important elements of the relationships--and total debauchery. She walked away from that world and created a new life for herself through higher education, so perhaps that's what resonates from the book. While it was a memoir, she comes out sounding like a real, whole person with a solid life. She had her time with these rock stars; now she has a functional life that any one of us could have. She never seems to become part of the rock world; she remains an observer right along. She talks about the friendships that she made in the same way that anyone would discuss their friends. That's what's really cool; in this case her friends are George Harrison and Ringo Starr! She also talks about how she sees her actions (and the actions of those she associated with) in hind sight--put into perspective. Of the three women, Chris O'Dell is the one that I think I'd enjoy actually meeting.
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Leslie I too read Pattie Boyd's memoir & found it to really be quite saddening for the most part. Here, Chris gives us a new & fresh perspective (this book makes me want to meet her as well, by the way!). I reference this book a lot & love her close (yet not TOO too close) account of the life & times of the tours and bands she worked on/ for. :)

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