December 27th, 2004


Times UK Review on Ellis Book

The below review is in  
The Times Online
December 11, 2004

The rest of the best of this year’s books are recommended for more perverse reasons. While you could run a closely fought competition for the worst line in a rock book this year there are two books that hold true to that old encomium “So bad it’s good.” The first is I Should Have Known Better by Geoffrey Ellis (Thorogood, £16.99; offer £13.59), one of the suits at NEMS, the Beatles’ publishing company. Ellis is a fabulous creature to have written a book on the Beatles — a Pooterish* figure for whom a typical anecdote about a wild Beatles party will go “I fell asleep in a twin bedroom and woke to find the late comedian, Kenny Everett, in the next bed. We had no conversation as, by the time he woke, I had left the house.” Any Beatles fan will truly delight in it, in the same way they delight in Piggies.

*Definition of "Pooterish" -- Adjective. Usage: UK
Being in the character of Pooter from "Diary of a Nobody": somewhat pompous, unintellectual and unimaginative (but basically well-meaning) traditionalist with an unexciting lifestyle; probably derogatory if used by a Guardian reader, more sympathetic if by a Telegraph reader.

Read the entire article in The Times Online -- This review is second from the bottom. BTW, Bob Dylan fans should be interested in the first few reviews on this page.

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I Should Have Known Better: A Life in Pop Management - "The Beatles", "Brian Epstein" and "Elton John" ~ Geoffrey Ellis -- (Hardcover - October 29, 2004)
Our Price: £11.89 Used & New from £11.32

I cannot wait until I can afford to order this. I have put a bug in the US's ear, but have yet to hear or see any results on my inquiry.