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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Outstanding... but flawed

    A magnificent book, full of absolutely incredible photos that were never intended for public consumption. Kudos to Olivia Harrison for doing this - it has to be one of THE major Beatles-related books alongside their own 'Anthology' and Mark Lewisohn's body of work on the group, including his forthcoming multi-volume bio. That having been said, 'Living in the Material World' is not without its flaws: many of the captions are weak - yes, the photos largely speak for themselves, but with expert input there could have been more precise dating and, in certain cases, useful observations and background info. (Just one of many examples is a terrific 1963 side-on stage shot of the band that includes the back of someone watching quietly from the wings. What many readers possibly won't realize, and what makes this photo all the more significant, is that the man is their devoted road manager Neil Aspinall who would later run their company, Apple. It would have been worthwhile pointing this out, along with numerous other helpful tidbits.) Also, conspicuous by her omission is George's first wife Pattie, who was by his side during the most eventful decade of his life. The one group photo in which she does appear has her listed as Pattie Boyd at a time when she was Pattie Harrison. That, however, is it as far as she's concerned. Even a close-up portrait of George at their Kinfauns home that was almost certainly taken by Pattie is credited only to the "Harrison family." Her absence cannot have been a mere oversight; more likely, it speaks to bad blood between the two wives, which is unfortunate since it results in a major aspect of George's life being excluded from this otherwise comprehensive, beautifully produced and truly outstanding book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    George Wants to Tell You

    "I want to tell you, my head is filled with things to say." -- George Harrison, 1966

    This is without a doubt the most beautiful and longest awaited biography of George Harrison to date!

    This is a rare gem of a book and readers are treated to input from George's sisters-in-law; brothers; sister; fellow Beatles and other friends and his loving wife, Olivia. I especially loved the previously unpublished photographs of George as a young child and those of various French and Harrison family members.

    It was plain that George was created by love and literally born into love. From 1965-1969, Louise Harrison lent her voice to a column in a newsletter in a fan club newsletter honoring her son.

    Readers are treated to postcards George wrote Louise and other family members; his drawings from his school workbooks and his own observations about his life during the inception of rock & roll, which was a touchstone period in his boyhood.

    George's lifelong friendship with Ravi Shankar, whom he met in 1965 is well-chronicled, as is his passion for gardening, a gift he inherited from both Harold Sr. and Louise French.

    This book is a MUST HAVE for all Beatle fans and Harrison fans in particular.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Great Pictoral Record

    Nice new book with never before seen pictures and copies of hand written notes. A must for the Harrison fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 2, 2011

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