Everyone knows how the band called the Beatles finished is career by crossing ABBEY Road. But few know how the ultra-famous group began its career: by crossing CHURCH Road, Liverpool, on July 6, 1957.
On that scorching summer Saturday in northwest England, soon-to-be seventeen John Lennon met just-turned-fifteen Paul McCartney. It was a day that would change a music that would change a world.
It is also a day mysteriously muddled in history--the missing link in the Beatle story. But now the mystery Chapter One that seemed lost in time has been retrieved--in pristine condition. Jim O'Donnell, a rock music author and journalist, goes further back than even the Cavern and Hamburg days to unearth, dust off and shine a flashlight on this amazing close-up portrait.
Employing a dramatic you-are-there style, O'Donnell reconstructs the events of that single July day, from pre-dawn to near-midnight, with each chapter containing a group of hours.
During his eight years of wide-ranging research and interviewing, the author gained the unprecedented cooperation of many of the day's participants, including all of John Lennon's band, the Quarry Men Skiffle group.
Scores of colorful, ironic, interesting and little-known details contribute to the unique approach that makes this a new kind of Beatle book. For a richly sketched look at a very special day, don't miss a minute of this remarkable story!
Jim O'Donnell is a longtime music writer whose work is in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame library in Cleveland.
He received his first professional newspaper byline with a sports story in 1969. Since that time, his articles and books have focused mostly on rock 'n' roll.
Along with The Day John Met Paul, he is the author of several other books, including, Wonderful Tonight, Born to Rock, and The Rock Book.
The Day John Met Paul has been published in several languages, ranging from Japanese to Czech to French, and is available in an audio edition read by Rod Davis, a personal friend of John Lennon.
Whether sitting front-row-center at an Eric Clapton concert in New York City, or standing front-row-center at the gates of Strawberry Field in Liverpool, O'Donnell has traveled the globe as a journalist for many years, searching out stories.
He holds a Master's Degree from St. Peter's College and studied journalism under New Journalism pioneer Richard Goldstein at New York University. He has also completed courses in Creative Writing and the Teaching of Writing at Harvard University.
O'Donnell is a member of the Authors Guild, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children