George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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by Olivia Harrison
     
 

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Drawing on George Harrison’s personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, Olivia Harrison reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. Here too is the record of Harrison’s lifelong commitment to

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Drawing on George Harrison’s personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, Olivia Harrison reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. Here too is the record of Harrison’s lifelong commitment to Indian music, and his adventures as a movie producer, Traveling Wilbury, and Formula One racing fan. The book is filled with stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many, many others. Among its previously unpublished riches are photographs taken by Harrison himself beginning in the mid-1960s. It is a rich tribute to a man who died far too young, but who touched the lives of millions.

Praise for George Harrison: Living in the Material World:

“The ‘quiet’ Beatle’s widow draws on photos, letters, and memorabilia to evoke a living, breathing portrait of the man who sought a more spiritual life after experiencing the riches that came with fame. The book is tied to the HBO documentary directed by Martin Scorsese.” —USA Today

“George was the quiet Beatle, so it’s a real magical mystery tour to peer behind the scenes with this nearly four-hundred-page book.” —New York Post

“Seems well worth putting on your coffee table.” —Huffington Post 

“Fans of George Harrison, the quiet Beatle who died in 2001, will lap up George Harrison: Living in the Material World, by his second wife, Olivia.” —Bloomberg.com

“The four-hundred-page book is filled with reproductions of notes, letters, scribbled lyrics, and some never-before-seen photographs. How many Beatles fans are out there? And how many ‘liked George’? Quite a few, it may turn out: the book debuts at number 24 on our extended nonfiction bestseller list this week, in its first week on sale.”
 —Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

This tribute to "the quiet Beatle" is overseen by his wife and longtime partner. The photographs, letters, diaries, and other memorabilia from the family's archives and reminiscences are supplemented by reminiscences by the two surviving Beatles and other close friends.

David Garber

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419702204
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
212,602
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She has received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation in memory of her husband, George Harrison; and a UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award in recognition of her family’s assistance to the children of Bangladesh. Mark Holborn is a distinguished editor of illustrated books, who has worked with numerous photographers and artists, from Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud.

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RichBuskin More than 1 year ago
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.
BeatleBangs1964 More than 1 year ago
"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.
Beatleboy1968 More than 1 year ago
Nice new book with never before seen pictures and copies of hand written notes. A must for the Harrison fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago