Book Reviews

6029719Davis, a British journalist transplanted to Los Angeles, was commissioned to go with on a tour of the U.S. the Beatles in the summer of 1964, mostly to be a ghostwriter for George Harrison’s column in the London Daily Express. He got to know “the boys” and the intricacies of their relationships, witnessed their sexual peccadilloes on the road, and became close to their manager, Brian Epstein. He was present when the Beatles met Elvis and when they smoked pot with Bob Dylan for the first time. Fans of the Beatles will absolutely delight in Davis’s insider account of a frenetic tour, and there are several stories that enthusiasts have never heard before. Read more… 

1478446_origA Rollicking Recounting of a World Gone Mad

By David Boldt ( a Pulitzer Prizing-winning journalist and former editor at Philadelphia Inquirer and Wall Street Journal) 5 STAR REVIEW
This is a book for people who believe books about entertainment should be entertaining. It is not for those intent on calculating (to the second decimal) what percentage of a given Beatles’ song was written by Paul, and how much by John, a scholastic debate that seems to be in vogue currently. Ivor Davis ‘extensively researched account of The Beatles first US tour (and he was there), while chock full of interesting information, is much more an account of Beatlemania than a treatise on Beatle-ism. Read more…

Header2One of the best things about this book is Ivor’s honesty about what went on. Reading this book, you get a personal insight into John Lennon on that 1964 tour in particular. He references other writers and media in the book and also clarifies some of the many legends that have built up over time. One such story in the book is what really happened when Bob and the Beatles got together on the tour. Read more…

Daytrippin logoThrough 34 days and 24 cities, Davis traveled with The Beatles watching them make rock and roll history. He enjoyed unrestricted access to the Fab Four – from their hotel suites to backstage concert areas to their private jet. He fended off excited girls, played all night games of Monopoly with John Lennon, became the ghostwriter of a newspaper column for George Harrison and witnessed the night Bob Dylan turned The Beatles onto marijuana. Read more…

Chicago Sun Times logoFor British journalist Ivor Davis, it became a reality in 1964, when as West Coast correspondent for the London Daily Express, he was tapped to travel with the four lads from Liverpool on their first U.S. tour (and second tour in 1965). Fifty years later, Davis penned his book, The Beatles and Me On Tour, an insider’s look at touring with The Beatles. All the behind-the-scenes antics, the late-night card games, the drugs, the meetings with Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, and the girls — it’s all in there. Read more…

17979404.67 Stars out of 5
In the summer of 1964, the Beatles took America by storm and changed rock ’n’ roll forever. In this first-ever chronicling of that revolutionary tour from the inside, author Ivor Davis serves up the stories behind the stories as only an insider can. Read more…

60+ surfersIn his rowdy and riotous recollections of that revolutionary tour from the inside, Ivor serves up the stories of the tour as only an eye-witness can, sharing his unrestricted access to the Liverpool lads. From inside the band’s hotel suites to the concert arenas to the private jets, the limousines, the madness and magic plays out through Davis’ personal accounts of living alongside the Beatles for thirty-four jam-packed days. Read more…

5204810Journalist Ivor Davis paints a vivid picture for readers in The Beatles and Me on Tour, an account of his month traveling with the band as an embedded correspondent. At once humorous and terrifying, Davis’ recollections lend a new and thoroughly detailed perspective on how The Beatles coped with those early days of fame. Read more…

2906730_origFifty years and four Beatles ago today, they made Dallas the scheduled last stop on their very first U.S. tour. John Lennon very much wanted to visit the JFK assassination site, Ivor Davis writes in his new book The Beatles and Me On Tour.

“Let’s take a quick look at the scene of the crime,” Lennon is quoted as saying. But The Beatles’ controlling, ill-fated manager, Brian Epstein, would not relent. So The Beatles remained sequestered at the Cabana Motor Hotel before they took the stage on the night of Sept. 18, 1964 at the Dallas Memorial Coliseum. Read more…

5045565_origWritten fifty years after the strange but amazingly fast-set pace of concerts, the compilation of Davis’s well-written work may not “chuff” readers; however, it becomes easily evident that The Beatles changed the youth in America by their public personifications that were polished by a perfectionist manager. Read more…

5467786A compelling read. Raced through it.

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I doubt there is anyone who has not heard of The Beatles and, for the U.S. their astounding fame began in the summer of 1964. The Beatles and Me on Tour by Ivor Davis who was the only British newspaper writer invited on the entire tour. Over the course of 34 days and 24 cities, Davis watched them make rock history while enjoying unrestricted access to the four lads from Liverpool, from hotel suites to backstage to their private jet. He waited fifty years to write the book because the years in between were filled with other events that he also witnessed, from the assassination of Robert Kennedy to the Los Angeles Watts riots. In this book he recounts in frank and amusing fashion the adventures of the now legendary band. Fans of The Beatles will surely enjoy it.

6419956“From the start, we saw ourselves as part of Team Beatles, and all pretense of objectivity was thrown out the window as we adopted a them-against-us attitude. We shared the band’s frustrations about the wearisome shriekers, the lousy sound systems, the would-be-hangers-on, even their acne,” Ivor Davis pens in his book, The Beatles and Me on Tour. Read more…

5061137Rarely does the public get an inside look and an up close and personal experience with any rock group, let alone The Beatles. But Ivor Davis was basically embedded with the Fab Four during their first US tour in 1964. Read more…

1132366Aug 11, 2014 – Book Patrol Review: Ivor Davis was front and center during the Beatles 1964 tour of America. Covering the tour for London’s Daily Express Davis he was one a handful of journalists that had unfettered access to the Fab Four…. There’s plenty of anecdotes and behind the scene nuggets to keep you reading. I would also recommend pairing the book with the film Hard Day’s Night. It’s nice way to wind down after finishing the book.

9883034Aug 5, 2014 – Book Review -” The Beatles and Me On Tour” – DadOfDivas blog
In The Beatles and Me on Tour, Davis recounts in frank and amusing fashion, the rip-roaring adventures of the most legendary band at a critical moment in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The book recreates a world long gone but not forgotten, especially for the hundreds of thousands of girls who spent a summer night fifty years ago screaming for their dream, The Beatles. Read more..