- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Rock And Roll Detective Publishing; 1st edition (January 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985667702
- ISBN-13: 978-0985667702
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beatle Who Vanished Paperback – January 24, 2013
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From Kirkus Reviews
“Berkenstadt’s impressively detailed book opens with a 24-year old Jimmie receiving the phone call that would change his life, inviting him to temporarily take Ringo Starr’s place on the Beatles’ first world tour during June 1964. Berkenstadt instantly draws the reader into his tale of this little-known drummer from the borough of Wandsworth, England, and then progresses through eight chapters, telling his back story. The author manages to generate a phenomenal amount of energy around the little-known drummer, using first rate historical details, rare photographs and memorabilia illustrations; the dynamic photos, especially, lend this bio legitimacy and appeal. Berkenstadt brings excellent investigative skills to this bio of a forgotten replacement Beatle.” KIRKUS Reviews
About the Author
Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective®. A true Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. An international authority on The Beatles, he has co-authored three other books: Black Market Beatles; The Beatles Digest; Nevermind Nirvana; and he edited John, Paul & Me: Before The Beatles. Berkenstadt has consulted to The Beatles and the Estate of George Harrison on numerous projects.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is fantastic. Until now, Jimmy Nichol was merely an answer to a trivia question. Now thanks to this book we know his career in detail before and after he got the offer of the century. Who knew that he not only appeared in a feature film, made records, toured Europe, and married long before the Beatles were even on any radar.
The book is chock full of interviews, pictures, and notes which any Beatles fan (or music fan for that matter) would appreciate. The author did a unbelievable job and I enjoyed the book.
There are about 20 books that I would recommend as "best" and this is one of them!
Before reading this book I had assumed Nicol was an in demand studio musician, similar to the members of Led Zeppelin that played on 60's releases by Donovan, Herman's Hermits and others. If Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones hadn't formed a band, we may never have heard of them. Similarly, Nicol was an accomplished drummer who could've remained a highly paid and unknown session man, except for a life-changing phone call that overnight made him into a Beatle while Ringo was in hospital recovering from tonsillitis.
The author's research takes readers back into the pre-Beatles days of the London rock'n roll scene. Similar but also different than the Liverpool backdrop served up in every Beatles bio, it leads to what we all know is coming; the meeting of Jimmie and The Fab Three. His trek with them as a member of most famous group in the world playing concerts and partying through Denmark, The Netherlands, Hong Kong and Australia is an insightful and fascinating look into what Nicol called the "boxes" the Beatles were forced to live in. But following his tenure behind Ringo's drums, the remainder of the book is a ride on a mystery train.
There's no way I'll serve up the ending. It has to be read to make sense. But the case of Jimmy Nicol has been solved and makes this mandatory reading for true Beatles fans that feel they know everything about the group. The book also presents a more worldly account of rock'n roll during the 1960's than just repeating tales of English rockers coming to America during the British Invasion.
One other note about "The Beatle Who Vanished;" the debate lingers on about who was truly The Fifth Beatle. The names are well known, such as manager Brian Epstein, producer George Martin, or assistant and road manager Neil Aspinal. Claims can be made for each of them, but no one outside of John, Paul, George and Ringo ever played on stage with them after their first hit records and during the screams of mid-60's Beatlemania. No one including Pete Best and Billy Preston felt the adulation of thousands that only hoped for a glimpse or a wave from one of the mop topped superstars. Jimmy Nicol did. He was there and had that experience, even if it was for only a brief moment of pop culture history. As it would for anyone, it had an everlasting affect on his life. This is the story of that person's life.
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