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Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road Paperback – June 9, 2009

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Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and... religion? Former record executive Mansfield (The White Book) looks back on his life during a road trip from the vantage point of one who has seen it all and then found God. The open road is an apt and common metaphor for the spiritual life, but this travelogue never really connects the dots. Why does the author take the trip? What does he hope to find? Is he attempting to exorcise past demons, or beg forgiveness for enjoying the excesses of life in the music business? All of these are themes the author flirts with but never embraces. Mansfield's prayerful musings, however, are quite extraordinary. These spirituality-infused moments are the most poignant of the book, although they make strange bedfellows with accounts of hanging out with Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton and Lou Rawls. While the book is a bit disjointed, the brief forays into prayer along with the exciting stories of the music business in the '60s and '70s make this a welcome addition to the spirituality shelf. (June 9)
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About the Author

Ken Mansfield is the former manager of the Beatles’ Apple Record Company and an award-winning producer. Ken is an ordained minister and public speaker who appears at churches and colleges across the nation.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551658
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raised in the northern Idaho Panhandle, Ken Mansfield has experienced a life that most people can only imagine. He was in the heart and heat of the music industry when it was young--back when creativity and passion made the music.

As a top ten graduating senior from San Diego State University, Ken entered the space industry in a classified position on the Saturn and Surveyor space programs. Music was his first love, though, and he became the leader of the successful southern California folk group the Town Criers. His experience as an entertainer, coupled with a B.S. degree in marketing, soon led him to his role as a top music industry executive and producer in Hollywood and Nashville.

In his executive roles, Mansfield not only observed the music of the time; he also helped shape it. He had the great fortune of being part of the classic era of pop and jazz, working with artists such as Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, the Four Freshmen, Nancy Wilson, Judy Garland, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry, and Al Martino, as well being a part of the early careers of legendary country artists Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Sonny James. Later years led him to work with the Beach Boys, the Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bob Seger, Eric Burdon and War, Ray Stevens, Hank Williams Jr., Michael Parks, Petula Clark, David Cassidy, Don Ho, Flying Burrito Bros, Andy Williams. Claudine Longet and eventually Waylon, Willie, and the boys during the exciting "Outlaw movement."

It was while he was a Capitol Records executive that Mansfield found himself propelled into the center of a rock 'n' roll whirlwind. The Beatles asked him in 1968 to help them plan the worldwide launch of their record company and to come aboard as United States manager of Apple Records. He was eventually asked to serve as their personal liaison between the U.K. and the U.S. Ken was "the" person in America when it came to matters related to the Beatles throughout the rise and phenomenal popularity of the band.

When the Beatles breakup seemed inevitable, Ken moved on to become a vice president at MGM Records and then president of a CBS label owned by Andy Williams. In 1973 he left CBS/Barnaby to set up his own company, Hometown Productions, Inc., where he began producing artists such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Don Ho, David Cassidy, and the Flying Burrito Bros.

Then Ken entered a barren era in which the money, servants, family, career, and health that he took for granted went away, leaving him with little but a sense of confusion and despair. That is where he found Jesus - and from ashes came a beauty that led him on a whole new journey. As Ken writes, "Every day I thank God for loving me so much that He allowed all my worldly possessions to go away and in exchange gave me the one true gift of value--eternal life through His Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. God is a loving Father who was kind enough to allow me to become broke so I could be broken."

In time, Mansfield was commissioned to produce the renowned Imperials and eventually earned a Grammy and a Dove Award when he produced the Gaither Vocal Band's classic Homecoming album.
Mansfield now takes these business experiences and spiritual insights on the road as he shares his stories through speaking engagements and writing.


Grammy Award
Homecoming (Gaither Vocal Band, 1991)
Dove Award
Homecoming (Gaither Vocal Band, 1991)

Two No. 1 singles
"Amanda" (Waylon Jennings, 1974)
"I'm Not Lisa" (Jessi Colter, 1975)

Five No. 1 albums
I'm Jessi Colter (Jessi Colter, 1975)
Diamond in the Rough (Jessi Colter, 1976)
Are You Ready for the Country? (Waylon Jennings, 1976)
Waylon and Willie (Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, 1978)
Waylon's Greatest Hits (Waylon Jennings, 1979)

One RIAA-certified gold album
Are You Ready for the Country? (Waylon Jennings, 1976)
Two RIAA-certified platinum albums
Waylon and Willie (Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, 1978)
Waylon's Greatest Hits (Waylon Jennings, 1979)

Record World's No. 1 Country and Western album of the year
Are You Ready for the Country? (Waylon Jennings, 1976)


David Cassidy
Jessi Colter
The Flying Burrito Bros.
Gaither Vocal Band
Don Ho
The Imperials
Waylon Jennings
Claudine Longet
Andy Williams
and many more...


700 CLUB
(2 appearances)

EO Television Network Netherlands.
Mansfield/Beatles Documentary

Fox Network News-Lauri Dhue
George Harrison Special

MSNBC-Rita Cosby Live
John Lennon Special

Fox Network News-David Asman
(three appearances)

Sunday Morning Show

Fox Network News-James Rosen
Special Edition- Wash DC

ABC Network News Now
"What's The Buzz"

Associated Press TV
(300 TV stations)

Fox Business Channel

Fox Business Channel
Happy Hour

ABC News-Don Sanchez
San Francisco (two appearances)

CBS-Harry Chapman
"Talk of the Town"
Nashville, Tennessee

Morning News

KTLN-Dave Scott
San Francisco, CA

Good Morning Northwest
Spokane, WA

Fox 59
Morning Show
Indianapolis IN

Cornerstone TV
"Focus Four"
Pittsburgh, PA

Cornerstone TV
"Getting Together"
Pittsburgh, PA

11th Hour TV
Modesto, CA


Westwood One
Dennis Miller Show

Janet Parshall's America

Prime Time America

Moody Broadcasting

Usa Radio Network
(Nationally syndicated)

CNN Radio

Brad Scott Show (4 Appearances)

ABC Radio Network

Mancow's Morning Madness
(3 appearances)

Allstar Radio Network
(Nationally syndicated)

Associated Press Radio
(Nationally syndicated)

XM Radio
Fine Tuning Channel

United Stations/PULSE Radio

Premiere Radio
Satellite Radio Tour

National Radio Network
Frankie Boyer Show

America's Earliest Morning Show

Bloomberg Radio
Joe Franklin Show
(Nationally syndicated)

Joey Reynolds Show
(Nationally syndicated)

Allan Handelman Show -
Rock Talks
(Nationally Syndicated)

Breakfast With The Beatles
(Nationally syndicated)

Beatle Brunch
(Nationally syndicated)

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Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road by Ken Mansfield is an interesting book part biography part spiritual memoir. You ride along with Ken and his wife as they take a road trip cross country. And like all trips you have your highs and your lows, your exciting points and your "Are we there yet?" moments too. You get an inside look into the music industry of the 1960's and 1970's with almost all the big name players at the time. From Ringo jumping from house to house cutting turkey on Thanksgiving day. You also see some sad points too and some very really funny parts too.

As you travel with Ken you see how God has changed him and his outlook on life. Overall, I would say this is a good book especially if you are a fan of music of the 60's throughout the 90's some big names and some not so big. It could have been better I think 10,000 miles was a little too long of a trip. Yet overall it is an interesting journey with a man, his God, and an iPod full of music.
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I couldn't put this book down, and never wanted it to end. I'm not a Christian, but reading through the events and true tales of this man's life with stories about finding God interspersed throughout made me want to become one! Plus the stories from the old "rock 'n roll" days brought home so many things for me. I loved how he relates all these tales through his travels literally and figuratively in his cross-country road trip down Memory Lane, a trip we all want to take one way or the other.

Many happy memories and lots of confirmations that I did the right thing by turning away. God bless the author and his crew! Can't wait to read the other book he has out, and hope he writes many, many more. What great turns of phrases he uses here.
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Ken Mansfield lived the "charmed" life as a Music Producer for 30 years or more during the 60,70 and 80's. In this book he and his wife, Connie head out from there home on the Northern California coast for a trip down memory lane. He travels to all his old haunts and recalls those times in his life with such people as The Beatles, Waylan Jennings, DonHo and Dolly Parton just to name a few.

He captures the time with such vividness and you can imagine the images and things that took place. In his business of music he traveled around the country and even England in regards to the Beatles. He was involved in and changed many lives, he also eventually spiraled out of control and hit rock bottom. It is at this time in his life that he meets Connie and begins to climb out of his hole and begins to worship His Saviour, Jesus, instead of all the fame and fortune.

His message is genuine and as a child of the 60's myself, I enjoyed the telling of his story. As a Christian I enjoyed his journey and testimony, he is a beautiful Witness to our Lord.
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Ken Mansfield has quite story to tell. As a former Capitol Records executive, manager of The Beatles' Apple label in America and a record producer, most notably producer for Waylon Jennings, he has seen more of America's musical landscape than most. Diagnosed, over a decade ago with a rare, terminal cancer, Mansfield is alive and thriving as a writer who is a devout Evangelical. But, don't let this fool you. In Between Wyomings he takes us on a parallel road trip, as implied by the title; a desire to grow in his faith while he travels American highways to the landmarks of his personal life and career.

In a deeper sense the title states the clear purpose of the book to make sense of the two Wyomings,the wilderness land of heady sex, drugs and rock&roll and the time of struggle in the wilderness of his faith. Does this sound interesting? If you have any doubts, here are some highlights: Jamming with Gene Clark of The Byrds in Northern California, working directly with The Beatles, finding himself at the roots of the Outlaw movement of the 70's most notably with Waylon Jennings...who once kidnapped him to have him to produce a song, the classic "We Had It All", Thanksgiving turkey with Ringo Starr and being a personal witness to the Beatles final live concert on a roof-top in London. But, more significantly, he describes his internal moral and spiritual conflict with clarity and purpose bringing his conclusion home with insight and universality.

Weaved into his story is the tension between his old life and his new. While these are based in his own personal witness and the Christian faith, the lessons he learns along the way are inclusive of those of other faiths and persuasions.
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Between Wyomings, My God and an iPod on the Open Road, written by Ken Mansfield and published by Thomas Nelson, is a very interesting read - to say the least. Particularly if the reader grew up in the sixties and seventies, or is merely interested in the culture (music in particular) of that time in history. Mansfield was a record producer and record-label executive from the 60's through the 90's. He is also an ordained minister and public speaker.

The book is both a journey Mansfield is taking with his wife - each with their iPods - and a journey backward he is taking in his mind. At least in the trip with his wife, we get travel directions and points of interest. For the journey in his mind (his years in the music industry), the reader has no map or directional compass. Somewhat chronological from his beginning in the music industry, Mansfield is prone to jump to any moment of the entire journey.

Thrown in the mix are "God moments." Theological vignettes, as it were, that seemingly come out of the blue. While I would be the first to agree that God moments tend to come out of nowhere, in the context of a book there needs to be some type of cause and effect. These vignettes appear as if he inserted them during the editing stage - thinking it had been a while since he had added a God moment.

It took me longer to read Between Wyomings than usual when reviewing a book, partly because of the happenings of life with three teenagers, but mostly because the book lacks continuity. A connection from one short chapter to another. It just seems to be a collection of stories and essays. He writes, as he says in the introduction, like a "Christian on acid." But the stories are interesting and fairly readable within themselves.
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