Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me [NOOK Book]

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An iconic figure of the 1960s and ?70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day?s Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For ...
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Overview

An iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day’s Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.

It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.”

I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.

For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you’ve been waiting for.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]he appeal of Wonderful Tonight is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of 'A Hard Day’s Night'… a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs it also works as a cultural history… The prose is clear and unpretentious, and although she writes candidly about the pain her husbands ’ infidelities caused her…this isn’t a bitter tell-all. There’s an aura of sweetness around Boyd’s approach."
New York Times Book Review

“A scrumptious memoir…There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband’s close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully.”
The New York Times

"They say if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. Well, Pattie Boyd was there, and she remembers it all." Wonderful Tonight "is a unique gospel of a turbulent time by someone who was in the very eye of the rock 'n' roll hurricane."
Sydney Morning Herald

"Pattie Boyd married two Sixties legends and inspired three of the era's greatest love songs, but life was far from glamorous. The ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling autobiography."
The London Sunday Times

"There are so many wonderful stories in Pattie Boyd's life: Falling in love with a Beatle. Falling in love with another famous rock star, Eric Clapton, and being serenaded with 'Wonderful Tonight' . . . "But there is much that is excruciating in her life story." Boyd "was taught by her parents that she didn't deserve to be loved; she was told by her husbands that she wasn't worth very much, but here she is: not dead, not on drugs, not an alcoholic, but a survivor."
London Daily Mail

“Will thrill classic-rock buffs with a taste for scandal.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Boyd finally answers some of those questions [about George Harrison and Eric Clapton]–but on her own terms.”
—USA Today

“Sixties model Pattie Boyd opens up about her rocky relationships with two of music’s most famed performers.”
—Harper’s Bazaar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307450227
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 65,725
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

PATTIE BOYD is an acclaimed photographer whose exhibition Through the Eyes of a Muse recently toured two continents. She lives in West Sussex, England.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Outstanding Autobiography of 'Rock Music's Favorite Muse'

    'Wonderful Tonight' expertly captures the life of photographer Pattie Boyd, by who else than Boyd herself? Even though she was a middle-class girl with a huge modeling portfolio, she has a great amount of writing talent. I applaud her wit AND great memory, especially for those quirky moments in her life that have probably been forgotten by others. This book really makes you feel like a fly on the wall of the Beatles time in Rishikesh, or the night when Boyd, Harrison, Lennon and his wife tried LSD for the first time. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any Beatles fan or anyone who likes a good, honest story about a smart woman who, despite the fact that her goal in life was not to end up like her mother 'divorced twice', got divorced twice. This raw, heart-wrenching read is good for any age level.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A love affiar for a lifetime

    this story expresses the originality, the beauty, and the secrets behind the love affair of Pattie Boyd, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. a beautiful choice of words, smart, funny and alive. Pattie shows initiative and does not hide anything. you get the long version with nothing left out. she has made a true story come alive for all of the public to enjoy. this book will knock your socks off.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

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    BOTH FASCINATING AND INTERESTING

    This is a fascinating and interesting book for those of us who came of age in the Sixties and know of whom Pattie Boyd speaks. Married to rock icons George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie lived every girl's fantasy. Or so we thought.<BR/>There was a dark side to drugs and rock and roll, and Pattie tells us all about it. But she also tells the good side, and so much of the insider stuff is just pure fun to read, especially when one remembers one's perceptions of how it must have been. If, however, you need to idolize George Harrison and Eric Clapton as the super rock gods they were, it's probably best not to read about them as mortal men.<BR/>With all the drugs and alcohol that Pattie did alongside her men, it's amazing she is still alive to tell the tale. Although the book drops off into a few chapters of endless (and I do mean endless) name dropping at the end, it's still worth a read if, like me, your soul never quite left the Sixties.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    A Strong Classy Lady

    Rock Star behavior should be no secret to any fan, but this is unbelievable. Here we have the ultimate story of Zero self control on the part of two of the greatest guitarist - George and Eric, either because they thought they were above it or had no concept of it. The victim, a lady who genuinely cared for both of them.

    Entertaining and sad. Congratulations Pattie for surviving all that!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    Totally Engrossing!

    Very detailed account of the real world of rock n roll in the seventies and eighties. I was not a huge Beatles fan before reading this, but I now have a new appreciation for them, and especially for George Harrison.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    GREAT UNDERSTANDING

    I had to read the book to see the real inside story. Many friends and relatives, and partners are named here. Wonderful Tonight is packed with the truth as painful and misunderstood as the era may have been. I'm am not saying we are lost souls, just perhaps misguided by our hearts and free spirit. Though I probably will never be able to forgive Eric, we could not have arrived to where we are now with out his art, influence, and magic. George had the magic as well. We all love George, god bless his sweet soul. Patty, you are the survivor. Wish I could say the same for all of us. This book is wonderful tonight or any night.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Wonderful Revolution

    The decade that was the vibrant sixties is brought back to life in Pattie Boyd's autobiography Wonderful Tonight. A juicy and enlightening memoir of rock music's most famous muse is relived through the eyes of the audience. This enjoyable read illustrates a picture of the world of rock stars with all of the rollercoaster appeals. Boyd's life began in Kenya with divorced parents who did not have financial stability. The movement of the time was artistic and free spirited and Boyd made sure she tasted it all. Just a glimpse at one page will take a reader back in time to this revolutionary generation. Being the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Boyd was vastly involved in the 60's rebellion consisting of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Due to her modeling career, she was also a fashion icon, which led to her inevitable encounter with two of the most influential musicians of the decade. Boyd's life definitely was changed by the Beatles and Clapton and suddenly was filled with a whirlwind of romance, high-profile parties, and fame. I was intrigued to learn that when she first met George Harrison, he immediately asked her to marry him or at least go out to dinner! Boyd wrote candidly about her relationship with George, despite the pain he caused her. On the contrary, her experiences with Clapton came off as tedious due to his addiction to alcohol. However, Boyd did not appear fazed by either of her husband's infidelities. Instead, she portrayed an aura of charm and was open with the fact that she regretted leaving George. For most of her life, she had been what others expected her to be-a role model to her siblings, the sixties icon, and a glamorous model. It was not until after she left Clapton that she found a sense of identity and learned self-acceptance, which led to making a name for herself as a photographer. I am impressed with how she developed from being dependent to independent from the men who could never be faithfully committed. She bravely fended for herself and walked away from her burden of bad romances. The experiences mentioned in this novel make it a desirable read that should be passed on from one person to the next.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Interesting reading.

    I always wanted to hear the story behind the woman who stole the hearts of George Harrison and Eric Clapton -- and how it affected the rockers' friendship.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Waste of Time!

    I had to read this book for book club and everyone found Pattie Boyd to be pathetic. She wants to put the blame on all others for things that happened in her life, but never take responsibility for her actions or roles in these situations. I found myself annoyed the entire book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    Ah, Layla....

    I really enjoyed learning of Pattie's first hand experience with both George Harrison and Eric Clapton! She doesn't hold anything back when describing either of them and their lives together, which I was happy about. I found the book to be most exciting in the times when she describes herself as "Mrs. Harrison" and "Mrs. Clapton." Especially when she describes how all the songs written about her came to be. I found some of the end of book to drag slighty (where she describes her life post-Eric), but that might have been my bias towards her husbands (I'm a fan of both). A great book to pick up if you're a George Harrison or Eric Clapton fan!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Wonderful

    I am not a Beatles fan, but I watched an interview Pattie Boyd gave on CBS and became interested in reading her life story. What a story. Pattie writes about her childhood in Africa, moving back to England after her parents divorce, and her life before and after with George and Eric. This book is a great read and she writes about the expectations placed upon her to be a wife to two rock stars. She tries to find herself after her divorces, but also wants to fulfill her desire to be a serious photographer. I felt really sympathetic towards her, but there were times when I was reading her book where I was just frustrated with the choices she was making. I sometimes forget it was a different time back then and expectations for women were different. This book made me a fan of Pattie and I love the great photographs included. I think readers should remember this is an autobiography with an inside look at two great rock legends, but the focus is still Pattie and is told from her perspective.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Oh, Pattie... we expected so much more!

    Geez, this book was more a compilation of old 16 Magazines and a few Hunter Davis books tossed in for good measure.

    Here was THE woman of the 60s, married to a handsome Beatle, a famous model, actually, George and Pattie were the FIRST to start off that crazy "Rocker/Model" marriage thing... think about it. No one else did before them.

    Next time out, Pattie... here's what we wanna know:

    WHAT was it like on that first date?... How did you feel when George first kissed you? Where were you when he first said I love you?
    How could Cynthia Lennon go on vacation with you and George knowing John had a secret crush on you?
    Are you still friends with her?

    We were there through all of it with you, and so, when you write a "tell -all" that's what we expected -- next time, please fill in the blanks.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Blah

    This is a okay book for a rainy day. Boyd's experiences as the wife of Harrison and Clapton are interesting but I felt as though she was playing it a little safe in the telling. I also felt that at times Pattie talked herself up, and some of the people and details she included were after thoughts to fill pages. It sounds like she has led a very interesting life, but at the end of this book I didn't feel as though she was a whole lot wiser.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    From Mrs. Harrison to Mrs. Clapton

    Pattie Boyd tells her journey of drugs, modeling, traveling and most famously her marriages to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She begins as a skinny girl dealing with parental issues growing up in Kenya and ends her memoir as an adult who has learned many lessons and is recognized not only as a famous muse but for her photography and talent, creating a name for herself. The major messages and themes I took from this novel were love, honesty, youth, and Pattie's message of creating yourself and happiness isn't found through fame or knowing a famous person. What I liked about the book was her simplicity; I could tell by her writing and voice that her view of the world was very simple, which is refreshing. I enjoyed that I learned the facts about her life as well as Georges and Eric's and could view them as people instead of a stardom that is so unrelateable. This book really made me think about the lessons I have to learn in life and it taught me that fame can be very overrated and we do not know everything about a celebrity's life. The book surprised me because she stumbled into fame and never really worked for it, which is something we all dream but it isn't reality. I did not like how she wrote with very little explanation and wouldn't go into detail about the parties they attended or how they lived day to day, being the time period was so influential I would have like to hear more about the drugs they did and what tied into the music. Someone interested in The Beatles and Eric Clapton's music inspiration should read this book, as well as an interest of Pattie. I believe the book is more pointed towards her relationships and her life, so if you just want to know about George or Eric I wouldn't read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    A BIT JUDGMENTAL

    I found it enjoyable at times, and confusing at times. I only enjoyed it because I remember all the names of the people she mentioned in the book - I grew up in the same time period, and the whole era was fascinating. It was good to get her perspective. Having said that, she seemed to have a terribly high opinion of herself as a femme fatale to rock stars, and she was constantly judging others for their drinking & drug use, while she always participated herself. Her life consisted of getting drunk & high at party-after-party and then complaining about her husbands' drug & alcohol abuse. Don't know what to make of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    What a life!

    I loved this book-Pattie Boyd's life was interesting, unusual and I couldn't put it down. Anyone who lived through that time will remember all the people who passed though the pages. Great read!

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    WOW.....JUST WOW This book was an interesting read, hence

    WOW.....JUST WOW

    This book was an interesting read, hence the 3 stars. And before I could say it, SHE said it for me as far as her being the biggest doormat I've ever heard of in my life!!! By the end of the book, I had no respect for her and no sympathy. She let these two dudes disrespect her, mentally abuse her and treat her like CRAP, and for WHAT? Just to have bragging rights? THEN after putting up with the abusive CLOWNS, how STUPID was she in BOTH divorces? OMG, WHAT was she thinking? I don't dislike her, I just don't respect her many stupid decisions. I mean, most of us were ridiculous in our youth, but my gawd, bringing women to YOUR HOME? And you sit there like a bump on a freakin' log? Hate to say it, but she asked for it. You can only blame your &quot;childhood&quot; woes for so long, then it's time to be respnsible for your OWN actions. This I must say should be the &quot;go to book&quot; for ANY young girl involved with a celebrity. It sure tells you what NOT to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Charming.

    This is the second time i've read this and i'm still in awe of her.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Just okay

    Somewhat interesting, but did get boring in parts. Usual rock star life style but not as racy as some that I have read. Glad to see she got herself out of her dysfunctional marriages.

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