Welcome to Another Kind of Mind: A Different Kind of Beatles Podcast. We’re a collective of artists, musicians, and professionals across a spectrum of fields who dissect and challenge established narratives about the band with irreverent, fearless, and thought-provoking analysis.

We are taking a little break from our Lennon/McCartney Breakup Series to bring you this interview with the fabulous Chris O'Dell. 

In this episode Diana and Thalia have a conversation with Chris O’Dell, the author of the book Miss O’Dell: My Hard Days And Long Nights With The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton And The Women They Loved. Chris O'Dell has led an extraordinary life as a close friend of the Beatles, Pattie Boyd and Maureen Starkey.  She was an early Apple employee, worked for Peter Asher and was among the world’s first female tour managers.  She worked on many legendary tours, including the iconic 70's tours of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  She was the subject of George Harrison’s song "Miss O’Dell" as well as Leon Russell’s songs "Pisces Apple Lady" and "Hummingbird." 

We dig into hot topics like Apple in the early days, the day John quit the Beatles, the Maureen/Ringo/George triangle; Paul in 1968, Paul and Linda as a couple. John Lennon during the "lost weekend," the day Paul quit the Beatles and George's reaction. the Beatles vs. the Stones, and much more.

In part 8 of the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe explore the events, meetings, maneuvers and negotiations that took place during the first half of September 1969. They trace how things start to escalate and go off the tracks following the relative harmony of the Abbey Road sessions. Covered in this episode are: John and Yoko’s cold turkey experience, Mary McCartney’s birth, The Isle of Wight festival, the 4/4/4/2 meeting and the “myth” of Lennon/McCartney.

In this two-part episode in the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe dig into the relatively under-explored Abbey Road period and the songs that resulted from it. They examine both the songs and the events surrounding the creation of the album through the lens of the breakup.

This is Part 7.B in which Phoebe and Diana discuss the Medley, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and the overarching themes of the album.

In this two-part episode in the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe dig into the relatively under-explored Abbey Road period and the songs that resulted from it. They examine both the songs and the events surrounding the creation of the album through the lens of the breakup.

This is part 7.A, in which Phoebe and Diana will explore the recording sessions as well as the songs "Come Together", "Something", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," "Oh Darling," "Octopus' Garden," "Here Comes the Sun," and "Because".

 

In Part 6 of the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe dissect the different ways John and Paul both grappled with being replaced by each others' wives. They explore the push and pull of Holding On versus Letting Go, skewering the myths of the breakup, and shining a light on Linda, an often overlooked but vital piece of the puzzle.

In Part 5 of the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe explore the Battle for Northern Songs, which raged throughout the Spring and Summer of 1969. They go deep into this topic, providing detail and context as they investigate Paul’s infamous extra shares and explore the psychological impact of the loss of their publishing rights.

In Part 4 of the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe begin their investigation into the issues that separated John and Paul and turned them against each other, the most significant of which was Allen Klein: the Demon King of the Beatles Break-up. They examine how Klein drove a wedge between Paul and John and hastened the band's demise. They also discuss what Paul McCartney describes as “the cracking of the Liberty Bell,” a hugely important moment in the journey of the Beatles.

In this episode, Diana and Phoebe pick up where they left off, in the spring of 1969. They focus on the Ballad of John and Yoko as a concept and dissects its mythology.

Part 3.A re-centered the story on John and Paul.

This is Part 3.B, which breaks down the tenets of the mythology and explores the purpose it serves for John and Yoko — and how it has impacted the telling of the Beatles story.

In this episode, Diana and Phoebe pick up where they left off, in the spring of 1969. They focus on the Ballad of John and Yoko as a concept and dissects its mythology.

This is Part 3.A which re-centers the story on John and Paul.

Part 3.B will break down the tenets of the mythology and explores the purpose it serves for John and Yoko — and how it has impacted the telling of the Beatles story.

In the second installment of our Break-up series, Diana and Phoebe take a DEEP look into January 1969, when the Beatles record and film Let it Be.

Part 2.A reflected on the sub-textual conversation revealed in their behaviors and music.  This is Part 2.B, which looks at some of the underlying issues of the break-up as they play out in this period.

This multi-part series explores the emotional roots of the Beatles break-up with a focus on Lennon/McCartney.

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