Jim Berkenstadt is an author, producer, music historian and consultant who has documented the history of several rock and roll musicians. He is founder of the firm Rock And Roll Detective, LLC, which provides content and consulting services to the entertainment industry. (Home page: www.rockandrolldetective.com )
His newest book is called, The Beatle Who Vanished. The true story of Jimmie Nicol, an anonymous drummer whose journey from humble beginnings to an improbable climb - rescuing The Beatles' first world tour from disaster by temporarily stepping in for Ringo Starr - was only one part of his legend.
Though his thirteen days of fame made headlines, the true mystery of Nicol's account is riddled with blacklisting, betrayal, drug abuse, bankruptcy and an eventual disappearance that leads many to question whether he is dead or alive.
More information about the book can be found here: www.thebeatlewhovanished.com
Berkenstadt has co-authored Black Market Beatles: The Story Behind The Lost Recordings; Nevermind Nirvana; Goldmine The Beatles Digest; and edited John, Paul & Me: Before The Beatles.
Berkenstadt has lent his talent to TV and film productions as well. He has served as the historical consultant on several high profile projects including: Martin Scorsese's Emmy Award winning documentary, George Harrison: Living In The Material World; The Beatles Help! DVD; The Traveling Wilburys box set DVD; George Harrison Dark Horse Years box set DVD documentary; The Beatles First US Visit DVD website; VH1 Behind The Music and Dick Clark's Teen Idol Special (ABC).
In the record industry, Berkenstadt (a member of NARAS) has been active in producing, research, and liner note writing. His credits include: Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys box set (2004); George Harrison - The Dark Horse Years box set (2004); George Harrison - All Things Must Pass reissue CD box (2001); Garbage - Version 2.0, Bleed like Me, Absolute Garbage (1998-2007); Live At The Edgewater: Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton & Ralph Flanagan (2000 - Producer); and Live At The Edgewater: Jimmy Dorsey & Woody Herman (1998 - Producer).
New Beatles Book: www.thebeatlewhovanished.com