Beatles CD Source recommends "Magical Mystery Tours"
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
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 a bus going to check out "The Beatles, direct from Hamburg"--one
of whom George turned out to be--Tony was well on his way to staying
by them for every step of their meteoric rise.
needed taking care of, Tony Bramwell was the man the Beatles called,
the man they knew they could trust. His story has been sought after
for years, and now, here it is, full of untold stories and detailing
with an insider's shrewd eye the Apple empire's incomparable rise,
Brian Epstein's frolics, Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, Phil Spector's
eccentric behavior, and new stories about Yoko Ono, the Stones, and
the life--his life.
developing the first Beatle music videos to heading Apple Films, and
from riding bikes and trading records with George Harrison to working
and partying with everyone from the Beatles to Hendrix, Ray Charles,
and The Who, Tony's life really did (and does) encompass a who's who
of rock. His
story reveals fresh insights into the Beatles' childhoods and families,
their early recordings and songwriting, the politics at Apple, and
Yoko's pursuit of John and her growing influence over the Beatles'
lives. And it uncovers new information about the Shea Stadium concert
footage, John Lennon's late-night "escapes," and more. From
the Cavern Club to the rooftop concert, from the first number one to
the last, and from scraps of song lyrics to the discovery of the famous
Mr. Kite circus poster, Tony Bramwell really did see it all.
direct, and honest, the ultimate Beatles insider finally shares his
own version of the frantic and glorious ascent of four boys from Liverpool
lads to rock and roll kings.
Postcards from the boys
Ringo Starr asked the other Beatles to send him postcards from whereever, whenever
Over the years he collected a unique history of the lads travels.