Downtown Lecture Series Featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Insider
Chris O’Dell wasn’t famous. She wasn’t even almost famous, but she was there.
The Tucsonan was at the center of the world of rock ‘n’ roll when it was at its creative peak, surrounded by friends and musicians who are considered legends. She worked with the likes of the Beatles; Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Led Zeppelin; Eric Clapton; Santana; Leon Russell; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Queen and Fleetwood Mac.
O’Dell was in the studio when the Beatles recorded The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be, and when Paul McCartney recorded “Hey Jude,” she sang in the chorus.
She worked with the Rolling Stones as their personal assistant on their 1972 tour and did a drug run for Keith Richards.
She’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote” about a love triangle on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. She’s the “mystery woman” pictured on the back of the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. She’s the “Miss O’Dell” of George Harrison’s song about her.
O’Dell is also the next featured speaker at the spring 2012 Humanities Lecture Series at the Downtown Phoenix campus, hosted by ASU’s School of Letters and Sciences and ASU Project Humanities. Her presentation of “Music, Truth and Substance Abuse” will discuss her experiences in the music business, addiction and the intimate relationships she formed with the Beatles and other rock legends. The lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Nursing and Health Innovation Building Two, 550 N. Third St., Phoenix, Innovation Auditorium, room 110. It is free and open to the public.
“Now more than ever students and members of the community need to know the facts about substance abuse in the entertainment business,” says Mirna Lattouf, faculty in the humanities and series organizer.” As substance abuse continues to get glorified, Chris O’Dell gives us a glimpse of the harsh realities behind the scenes.”
While O’Dell was busy living the high life, she was also getting high and drunk, and developed an addiction over the course of her 20-year career in the music industry.
“Drugs and alcohol were just part of the culture and no one at the time knew it was a problem,” O’Dell says today. “It was fun, a way of escaping, relaxing and just hanging out. I think one of the reasons that it took so long for me to admit to having a problem and finally getting clean and sober is that no one around me considered it a problem. And, of course, there was the money to afford the drugs.”
O’Dell finally got sober in 1988 and says she eventually outgrew the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.
Today she is an addiction recovery counselor and hypnotherapist and is the best-selling author of Miss O’Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan and the Women They Loved (Touchstone Books, 2009), a book she will sell andsign after the lecture.
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