In working for the Beatles, Bramwell did indeed, in his own words, "TCB take care of business " in just about every way. He didn't have a set job like most of the other NEMS employees, but rather had a hand in multiple projects within the company.
In the wake of Brian Epstein's death in August of and upon the arrival of Allen Klein in , Tony was one of the lucky few who were immune from the mass house cleaning Klein undertook at Apple as a way to consolidate his power. He helped run Apple Records until, like so many who hated Klein, he eventually quit and began a second career in record promotion. His career continued to be interesting and substantial in record promotion in the s, not least of which his role in helping to launch the career of Bruce Springsteen, who to this day is a close friend of Tony's.
Along the way, the author gives personal reminiscences and insights into the Beatles, both their personalities as well as the inner workings of their enterprise.
Magical mystery tours : my life with the Beatles
As he rightly mentions, they were breaking new ground and charting unknown virgin territory at every step of the way, and because of this there were some missteps and lessons learned the hard way. In particular, while he is clearly fond of Brian Epstein as were the Beatles , it's nice that he doesn't shy away from some of the failures of Epstein's stewardship, such as the merchandising rights fiasco in or how the company was structured such that the Beatles were still being paid pound-a-week wage packets in when they each had millions in the bank!
Bramwell also gives insight into the insanity of the entire Apple madhouse, although he seems to have weathered the storm alright by staying away from most of the craziness. However, during the later years of the Beatles' career, the author really shares his opinions on probably the most divisive person in the entire story, Yoko One. As a personal disclaimer, I'll make it be known that I am no fan of Yoko at all. Much of it was down to John necessitating her presence everywhere, most irritatingly to the other three Beatles and George Martin in the studio, where there had always been an unwritten rule that girlfriends and wives were never to hang around there.
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Bramwell recounts his experiences with The Beatles with humor and affection, as appropriate for old friends. However, he does not shy away from the less-savory episodes.
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Not only did Tony Bramwell know The Beatles; as a record promoter, he knew everybody. He knew The Rolling Stones, The Who, other British pop stars, radio disc jockeys, television producers and a host of others in the entertainment world. His account of baby-sitting singer Ray Charles for an afternoon is worth the price of the book alone.
Yoko Ono receives no quarter in this book: If anything, she comes out looking possibly worse than she ever has. Bramwell says her actions toward John Lennon would be considered stalking and harrassment today, and that she and ex-husband Tony Cox were grifters.
He implies that Yoko may have pursued Lennon mainly for his money. Thomas Dunne Books. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Martin's Press, Very Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
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A Beatles Journey: 'Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles' by Tony Bramwell
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