The White Book: The Beatles, the Bands, the Biz: An Insider's Look at an Era

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Through exclusive photos and personal stories, former US manager of Apple Records and Grammy Award winning producer Ken Mansfield offers a compelling memoir that delves into his life in the 1960s and '70s and his unique partnership with the Beatles and other musicians who orbited their world. As observer, friend, and colleague, Mansfield sat in their recording sessions, partied in their swimming pools, took their irate calls, and publicized their successes. Entertaining, historically accurate, and illuminating a ...

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Through exclusive photos and personal stories, former US manager of Apple Records and Grammy Award winning producer Ken Mansfield offers a compelling memoir that delves into his life in the 1960s and '70s and his unique partnership with the Beatles and other musicians who orbited their world. As observer, friend, and colleague, Mansfield sat in their recording sessions, partied in their swimming pools, took their irate calls, and publicized their successes. Entertaining, historically accurate, and illuminating a side of the Fab Four known only to a few like Mansfield, The White Book shines fresh light on the true characters behind the cultural phenomena that revolutionized a generation. As the former Head of Apple Records International, Jack Oliver, has said of Ken, "He is one of the few insiders left that bore witness to the highs and lows of those insane days when we ruled the world."

"Ken has a unique gift. He can take you in the room and have you sit with the folk he knows and make you one of the gang, part of the plan. and considering these folk include the Beatles, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, David Cassidy and a whole host more that is some doing. I really enjoyed sitting in on his world and I respect the affection he has for our game, and what he brought to it, will get you."

ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM
Rolling Stones Manager and Producer

"Ken Mansfield brings us a new and closely personal perspective not only on the Beatles, but on a whole cast of musical characters from Brian Wilson to Don Ho. An observant and perceptive man in the centre of the storm; a contradictory man, both ambitious and spiritual, but at the heart of the record industry during its most exciting years and enjoying every minute of it. I lived through those years with Ken and we became friends. It is a pleasure to experience so much of it all again through the accuracy of his story telling and the clarity of his memory."

PETER ASHER
Peter and Gordon/A&R Chief Apple Records/Producer-Manager (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King et al)

"Journalism is normally a very inexact science. Many of the countless books about the Beatles have been written by researchers-not by people who were actually there. Everyone has experienced reading a book or article where one's own inside knowledge about a particular person or event shows up inaccuracies on the part of the writer that totally distort the truth. This book is an exception-I know because I was there for some of it myself. Ken Mansfield and I unknowingly shared the experience of the famous Apple rooftop session where I was nervously adjusting mikes and cables for the sound recording of that unforgettable day. Ken was not only working for the Beatles through their heyday, he was also their trusted friend. There is no one better equipped to tell the Beatles' story-truthfully-and more importantly-factually, from the inside."

ALAN PARSONS
Engineer to the Beatles/Pink Floyd, Multi Platinum Producer, Alan Parsons Project

"Unlike many people claiming a Beatles connection, Ken Mansfield doesn't have an agenda or try to elevate his role or importance. Ken comes across as a man who knows how lucky he was to be where he was and enjoys sharing his stories with us. Ken was there and that is why The White Book is informative, fresh and entertaining without being ego-driven."

BRUCE SPIZER
Author, Beatle Historian

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Publishers Weekly

The second memoir from record-industry vet Mansfield (The Beatles, the Bible and Bodega Bay), a "simple look at a complex happening," recounts his overwhelmingly positive experiences working with the Fab Four (and others) as they put together their late-career masterpiece The White Album. Mansfield relates how a lucky break in the 1960s took him from promotions executive for Hollywood's Capitol Records to U.S. manager of Beatles-owned Apple Records. One of the few Americans allowed into the group's inner circle, Mansfield presents revealing one-on-one time with each band member, yielding insight beyond their public personas. He notes, for instance, that "mere words can't explain how intimidating" John Lennon and Yoko Ono were. Though he provides his side of artistic debates (should "Hey Jude" or "Revolution" be the first Apple single?), and eyewitness accounts of key Beatles moments (including the group's final public performance atop the label's London headquarters), Mansfield misses numerous opportunities to provide insider details and to comment on the progress (or lack thereof) in the recording industry; further, Mansfield's awkward writing style-clumsy metaphors and alliteration, short chapters and confusing chronology-gives the work an amateurish feel. As Mansfield notes in the foreword, this book is "something to enjoy because of its simplicity": engaging but hardly essential reading for the casual fan. (Oct. 30)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595551016
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Mansfield is the former manager of the Beatles’ Apple Record Company and an award-winning producer.Ken is an ordained minister and public speaker who appears at churches and colleges across the nation.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    So its worth the money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Wow

    It's great to learn what happened without cameras around, I hope that makes sence

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Great inside view!

    If you want a taste of what life in Apple, working for the Beatles and the recording industry is like, look no further. Get this book now get back to where you once belonged!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

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    This book is gorgeous in the way it fills in the gaps about the Beatles lives missing from the other books. Historically I find it without error which gives a base of comfort when reading about the personal aspects of the Fab Four. Mansfield clearly has no agenda other than marveling in the happenstance that put him in the center of the most exciting time in rock and roll history. The stories are personal but not invasive and finally I am delivered from the rehash of historical data and reordering of time lines from outsiders. This book is about them ¿ not it!

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