EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK: “IT’S A LONG WAY HOME”(& HOW BEATLES’ MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE), A Musical Memoir
By Alan Chrisman (All Articles ARE written BY ALAN CHRISMAN), copyright 2012-2015 (A Praveen Patel has tried to hack them and claim them).
Alan Chrisman, grew up in the innocence of a small U.S. Midwestern town. But that was soon to change with two world-shaking events, The Vietnam War and The Beatles. The 60’s were a tumultuous time and their music was a large part of its soundtrack.
Propelled by both events, he moved to a cold but welcoming land and its capitol, Ottawa, Canada, a place with similarities and differences from where he was raised. There, inspired especially by The Beatles’ founder and co-writer, John Lennon, he became involved in various aspects of music, setting up one of its first used record stores, ”IMAGINE”, organizing The Ottawa Beatles Conventions and meeting many whom were there from the Beatles’ beginnings. Several of the chapters are named after Beatles’ and Lennon’s songs and parallel his own experiences. Later, he would also learn of an intriguing story how this revolutionary music even helped change a repressive system half way around the world.
It was to be a Long and Winding Road with many curves and he describes some of the characters he met along the way and their sometimes trying, but humorous stories. He also writes about the joys and pains of relationships and how pop music and culture affects our views of them and with some of his own song lyrics.
Ottawa, which one of its well-respected musicians called the“Liverpool of the North”, had more direct connections to England and felt the British Invasion earlier than the U.S. and he includes its 60’s and 70’s scene as well as his own involvement with musicians for the next several years.
So come along for the journey and see how Beatles’ music influenced him and millions of others and why it still resonates decades later.
“IT’S A LONG WAY HOME” (& HOW BEATLES’ MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE), A Musical Memoir
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Chapter 1: Crossing the Borderline (“Paul is Dead” rumour)
Chapter 2: Midwestern Childhood (“Thank God For The Beatles” lyrics)
Chapter 5: “IMAGINE”, (John & Yoko in Ottawa)
Chapter 6: Vancouver (J. Lennon shot, Dec, 8, 1980)
Chapter 7: Back in Ottawa
Chapter 8: Walls and Bridges
Chapter 9: Rock This Town! Prods. (’85-’93)
Chapter10: Birthday and NY Dakota Visit (Strawberry Fields Memorial)
Chapter 12; #9 Dream (Stu Sutcliffe Art, Astrid K.)
Chapter 13: Ottawa Beatles Convention, ‘95 ( Pete Best, Cavern, Liverpool)
Chapter 14: Ottawa Beatles Convention, ‘96( L. Harrison, Lennon car, Day John Met Paul)
Chapter 16 Lady In Red ( P. Best Gets His Due)
Chapter 17: ‘Get Back’ Records
Chapter 18: Clean-up Time(Never Knew Who’d Drop In)
Chapter 19: Lady in Red 2 ( “Annie Hall”)
Chapter 20: Lister in L.A. ( “So You Want to be a R’ n ‘R Star”)
Chapter 21: Time for a Change (G. Harrison passes)
Chapter 23: Music Never Dies (“Al & THE G-MEN”, Still Rockin’)
Chapter 24: Long and Winding Road ( P. McCartney Plays Ottawa, 2013)
Chapter 25: “Liverpool of the North” (Ottawa music 60’s/70’s)
(This book published by Alan L. Chrisman © 2013; All Alan Chrisman lyrics © 2012, 2013; Cover graphic by ‘G-Man’): eBook version c.2014
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ALAN L. CHRISMAN—BIOGRAPHY:
Alan L. Chrisman ( http://www.RockThisTownProductions.com) ran the used vinyl stores (Imagine, Get Back, Rock This Town!) for several years in Ottawa, Canada, and a coffeehouse, an alternative newspaper, promoted musicians, put on concerts and organized the two Ottawa Beatles Conventions ‘95 & ‘96. and met several in The Beatles’ circle. He wrote a memoir/book and an original songs CD, “It’s A Long Way Home”, about his life, and his influences, including “LIVERPOOL OF THE NORTH”: The Story Of Ottawa 60’s/70’s Music, in 2013.
Today, he continues to be involved in music: writing and recording songs (for AL & The G-Men), helping local musicians, shooting videos ( Youtube alanchrisman1), and organizing shows. He also writes short stories, reviews and articles and blogs on a wide variety of subjects. Several of his songs have been played on and he has been interviewed by CKCU-FM and CBC Radio. And some of his artifacts have been on display at the “Ottawa Rocks” City Hall archives exhibit.