Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison / Edition 1by Joshua M. Greene
Pub. Date: 06/29/2007
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
A fascinating read.
Joshua Greene, who studied meditation with the legendary Beatle George Harrison, draws on personal remembrances, recorded conversations, and firsthand accounts to create a moving portrait of Harrison's spiritual life, his profound contribution to the Beatles' music, and previously unpublished anecdotes/b>/i>
A fascinating read.
Joshua Greene, who studied meditation with the legendary Beatle George Harrison, draws on personal remembrances, recorded conversations, and firsthand accounts to create a moving portrait of Harrison's spiritual life, his profound contribution to the Beatles' music, and previously unpublished anecdotes about his time with music legends Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and others.
"Many well-known artists have touched people's hearts with their music, but few have ever succeeded in touching people's souls. That was George's gift, and his story is described here with affection and taste. A wonderful book."
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Table of ContentsPreface.
2. George among the Savages.
3. A Price to Pay.
4. A Father to His Spirit.
6. In the Land of Gods.
8. Looking for Krishna.
9. All Things Must Pass.
10. The Sky beneath His Feet.
11. Dark Horse.
12. Laws of Nature.
13. Sacred Ground.
14. Going Back.
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george harrison has long been one of my favorite artists. not only was i fascinated by his music, but his spiritual journey intrigued me. this book satisfies both of those quests. if you are interested in reading about someone who rose to the "top" but discovered there was so much more to life than that, this is the book for you! it is inspirational!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Green at the NY Open Center...and enjoyed his book over and over again....for those of us who loved his light and his music....this opens up a pathway into his quest to enlightentment.....from his youth, the Beatles...his life with Patty and his love of Krisna...
I had a dreamone night that george was with me but he told me his story a then he tells me that he would love it if i was his favorite.so he is and ha will always be
This book, though not real great on the research side (dates are often off) it was a compelling look at how Harrison's life was profoundly changed when he found God. It is not preachy, though it does depict a short period around 1974 when George did become very engrossed in spreading the word of his new faith. It is in fact a warm, loving portrait of a man who loved the world but only wanted to find God.
This book showed me that God is all, and showed me that the Beatles, though great, were just a part of the Big Picture.
Here Comes the Sun, written by Joshua M. Green, is a story about the life of the 'Quiet Beatle' George Harrison. It begins when George was a child, growing up in a poor family living in Liverpool. It goes on to tell of his adolescent years, meeting Paul and joining what would be later argued as the greatest band in the world. Following George's life from beginning to end, it goes far beyond the Beatles. He got burnt out from the stardom and pursued a life of spirituality through music. This biography was an amazing portrayal of George Harrison, both as a Beatle as well as a devout follower of his spirituality. Being a great fan of the Beatles' music, it was the first book I have read revolving particularly around George, and it was fascinating to learn so many things about him that have been hidden behind the 'Fab Four's' image. Parts of the biography were slow and drawn out, but for the most part it was quite informative as well as intriguing. Any George Harrison fan should pick up this book to learn about him beyond his life as a Beatle. Any Beatle fan for that matter, because George Harrison has too long been kept from the spotlight by his fellow band mates.
I loved this book, George is by far my favorite Beatle and this was the first Harrison book I ever bought(i ahve a lot of Beatle books) and it really showed me more about Geroge than i ever knew, and it only makes me want to learn and appreciate him more.
To find his inner peace, George Harrison began on a road the passed from Liverpool up to the banks of the Ganges. A metamorphosis of a Beatle into a spiritual butterfly. A musical journey that is well noted for any fan of the Fab Four.A mystical journey however, is much more cerebral. Joshua Greene describes his warm friendship with George as only a true believer could.
George Harrison was the Beatle with the 'spiritual' reputation. Some even wrote him off as a nut case or someone who had succumbed to the cult of the Hare Krishnas. (He was a great benefactor and supporter of the group.) Our western culture often 'writes off' public figures who take spiritual turns in life, treating them as quacks, cranks, kooks and people who can no longer be taken seriously. In some ways that's what happened to 'the quiet Beatle.' But in this book's sympathetic analysis, Harrison emerges as someone resembling a modern-day Buddha or St. Francis of Assisi (my comparison, not the author's). While Harrison wasn't born into wealth and privilege as Francis and the Buddha were, he did attain it in very young adulthood as a member of the Beatles 'royal family.' And like Francis and the Buddha, in his young adulthood he grew to struggle with questions of 'Is that all there is?' because he had it all and still felt empty. So he set out on the journey to find true holiness. This is the book that documents that journey. If you seek 'dirt' or gossip about George here, you won't find much. The book was written by Joshua Greene, a former Hare Krishna devotee who greatly respects and admires Harrison and actually spent time in his presence and knew Harrison's ISKCON friends. That given, Greene does manage to nicely walk the tightrope between saccharine and salacious in giving a seemingly accurate portrayal of both Harrison's strengths and weaknesses. The author's familiarity with Hindu scriptures and spirituality is a great asset in this book. He beautifully weaves in a few stories from those scriptures to help the reader see and understand why those scriptures touched Harrison's soul and were his rock that supported him throughout his late- and post-Beatles life. The book also expresses funny anecdotes about the intersection of spirituality, rock 'n roll, and humor in Harrison's life. In Harrison's Friar Park estate, between large pictures of his most revered gurus, he'd hung the famous depiction of dogs playing cards. When Harrison tried to hold a 1969 Paris hotel press conference to help prevent French Krishna devotees from being hassled by police, reporters refused to listen. They kept asking stupid questions about mop top haircuts and whether the Beatles were really breaking up. The press had no interest in spiritual matters. It grew to a mob scene in which George and his good friend, an American from the London Hare Krishnas (complete with dhoti and shaved head) escaped by shimmying down a nearby laundry chute. They fell two stories, but landed safely in a pile of dirty linen, much to the astonishment of women folding towels in the basement. Reporters followed them down the chute, and in a scene that could have been out of _A Hard Day's Night_, Harrison and the Krishna devotee bolted out to a taxi, reporters in hot pursuit and throwing themselves before the taxi to prevent departure. Harrison never was able to fully extract himself from that Beatlemania. The guy mostly just wanted to be left alone while still pursuing his music, but the 'left alone' wasn't to be, and so he turned to Hindu spirituality as his refuge, befriending fledgling Hare Krishna devotees in England and growing to be their major benefactor. In one chapter, Greene weaves in a beautiful story from Hindu scripture in which Krishna is surrouded by the gopis--cowherd girls who would cry when Krishna left after singing to them. One cannot help seeing the similarity between gopis and groupies, and how stories about Krishna reverberated with Harrison's own life. Not that Harrison saw himself as a god. Far from it. But others did--those who refused to see him in anything other than his bigger-than-life BEATLE/demigod persona. He hated that. 'We've got to show them we're more than these bodies,' Harrison told a friend after a man approached him at a NYC sidewalk cafe and said, 'Aren't you George Harrison?' and Har
Learned some things about the Beatles and George. Some parts got boring about his religion because it was dragged out too much. He would have been more at peace had he gave his life to Jesus Christ. The author was a Krishna follower so he was a bit biased but that was to be expected. George seemed in the book to be a tortured soul.