5.0 out of 5 stars -- A "must" read for Beatles and Peter & Gordon fans
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
Even though I lived part of this adventure with the author, her storytelling is top notch. It brought back memories while giving me insight into the "whys" I've often wondered about. This book will take you on a fan's journey; a life of fun, heartache, expectations, excitement and the joy of living in the 1960s and beyond. Come along for the ride.
5.0 out of 5 stars -- Top for every Beatles fan
Reviewed in Germany on October 22, 2021
Anyone who wants to understand how the music of Beatles has affected teenagers around the world should read this book. Similar to how Pat describes it in America, a passionate enthusiasm for the Beatles also aroused in the GDR in the 1960s. In the GDR, however, English-language rock music had a negative impact and stood for rebellion, long hair and riot. But for us they were heroes, their music from the radio was also an expression of our attitude to life. Music can be felt, it connects and inspires people, is a universal language across walls and borders. The music of the Beatles revolutionized the music landscape and was a revelation for us.
As Pat describes it in her book, Beatles music has also touched and enchanted us. Like a chronicler, in her second book Do You Promise Not To Tell, she combines the end of the official “George Harrison Fan Club” with her own life story. As president of the “Official George Harrison Fan Club”, she has spent 7 years with the small like-minded community she researched, created, and sent Newsletter (“The Harrison Herald”) kept together. Photos and the latest private messages about the Beatles, especially about George and his family, always testified to responsibility and a special love. Impressive with the personal commitment and support of her family and friends she worked for the fan club until 1972 and how this work also affected her entire life.
In 1969, the fan club sponsored a Thai girl through a children's aid organization, whose development the entire fan club took part in via the newsletter. The Beatles' musical message, their humane philosophy of life, of spreading love around the world (All you need is love), took on a very concrete form. After the dissolution of the fan club in 1972, Pat and her husband Tony privately supported the child who became their Goddaughter, provided for her education and brought her to America in 1979. In doing so, Pat's enthusiasm and commitment to the Beatles helped give a child a better future and made the world a little better. Beatles fans should definitely read this book.