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April 13, 2010
Chris O'Dell & George Harrison

Miss O'Dell with George Harrison

I’ve often wondered where exactly I would have fit in had I actually been alive in the 60’s and 70’s… after reading this book I’m pretty certain I would have wanted Chris O’Dell’s gig. Though of course no one could have been Miss O’Dell but Miss O’Dell herself.

A regular American girl from Tucson, Arizona, Chris O’Dell landed a job at the Beatles’ Apple office in 1968 and entered into a life of pure rock & roll fantasy. She worked with the Beatles, she worked with the Stones, she worked with Dylan, she was a tour manager before women were tour managers, Leon Russell and George Harrison both penned songs about and for her, Friar Park was a second home, and her best friend is the ultimate rock & roll muse – the incomparable Pattie Boyd. Yet, her name is relatively unknown. I admit that before this book I’d only known her name from reading Pattie Boyd’s memoir Wonderful Tonight. Chris O’Dell wasn’t famous, but she was an insider – privy to the true inner circle of rock’s highest echelon. And she worked for it.

Miss O'DellBecause of that I felt such a connection to her while reading Miss O’Dell. She really carved a place for herself by observing, understanding, and then just flat out going for it. And you’d think after leading a life as incredible as hers that she would have assumed some of that infamous rock & roll ego, but her voice is completely relatable. She tells her story with the modesty and humility of someone who could just be your neighbor down the street. Her book reminded me of Phil Lesh’s in that way, as I was reading it I kept wanting to just call her up and ask her some of the questions I had, or share a laugh about one of her wild stories. She really does just seem that down to earth.

This book is an absolute blast to read. My jaw was continuously dropping at all of the legendary moments in rock history that she was present for, and a part of. I am so very grateful to Miss O’Dell for sharing her unbelievable journey with the rest of us.

This post also appears in the Books section of the still very work-in-progress Library.

musicnotesCheck out Miss O’Dell the Muse in “Pisces Apple Lady” by Leon Russell and “Miss O’Dell” by George Harrison

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