Dubbed the Rock and Roll Detective by many of his clients, Jim Berkenstadt joined us live to discuss his new book, “The Beatle Who Vanished.”
“The Beatle Who Vanished” is the first historical account of Jimmie Nicol, an unknown drummer whose journey from humble beginnings to an improbable climb – rescuing The Beatles’ first world tour from disaster by stepping in for the ailing Ringo Starr – was only one part of his legend. Though his 13 days of fame made headlines, the true mystery of Nicol’s account is riddled with blacklisting, betrayal, drug abuse, bankruptcy and an eventual disappearance that leads many to question whether he is dead or alive. The chronicle of Nicol’s 1964 Beatles tour coincides with the upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2014 of the group conquering America.
Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective®. A true Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. An international authority on The Beatles, he has co-authored three other books:” Black Market Beatles: The Story Behind The Lost Recordings”; “Nevermind Nirvana; The Beatles Digest”; and he edited “John, Paul & Me: Before The Beatles.”
Berkenstadt was historical consultant to Martin Scorsese on the HBO Emmy Winning documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World and serves as historical consultant to The Beatles company Apple Corps. Ltd., the Estate of George Harrison.