Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

by Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor
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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me by Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307450227
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 48,644
File size: 2 MB

About 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Leighan17 More than 1 year ago
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.
Vermillion_Bear More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
aKatrina More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A painfully honest memoir of a lifetime full of flawed loved ones and magical experiences . The story of a beautiful survivor brave enough to share her memories and her wisdom .
Chrissy_Cecilia More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book. It's a true first-person account of the shift in music and art that occurred in the latter part of the 20th century. More poignant was Pattie's discovery of herself after two failed marriages to some of rock 'n' roll's tastemakers. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only did I really enjoy this book but I learned a lot of interesting facts and bits of history. I especially liked how she described both of her husbands. She talked about them so deeply that in the end I had a new interest in both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. A really great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was terribly disappointed in Eric's memoir, but it did spark my interest in Pattie Boyd so I picked up hers. Some chapters are somewhat unorganised and some thoughts are left unfinished. I don't blame Pattie, I blame her co-author. One expects more from the royal family's biographer, however, Pattie's story is fascinating and her book is addictive. I LOVE Pattie! She's so down to earth you can identify with her even though she lived in a rarefied world. I'm amazed at her lack of bitterness and her forgiving attitude. I wish I could be like Pattie and let go of nasty emotional baggage. There's so much heartache in Pattie's life yet she has a healthy perspective on her trials. I expected Pattie's book to have a very sad ending, but the final chapters are truly uplifting. I admire her for learning to stand on her own two feet and making a name for herself as a photographer. Look up Pattie's website, she has some of her amazing photos there, especially her travel photos. The photos and love letters Pattie included in the UK and US editions of her book are great too. I bought both editions because the photos are slightly different, with the US edition far superior. I also enjoyed B&N's interview with Pattie on Meet The Writers. This is my favorite book of 2007!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very much a part of 60s life and so The Beatles, their wives, and muses were a part of it as well. Pattie was right there at the most frenzied and fun period of Beatlemania. Imagine what that was like - 1964!- to actually meet all 4 Beatles, to star in their first film, and then have George Harrison fall madly in love with her. It warranted a bit more than what was written, considering he was the great love of her life. Where are her feelings? Her passion? There was data... facts... but nothing that really held up for me. Who knows why, but I think Pattie might still feel a bit insecure and that's the reason her book was so timidly written. And in the end... to sum it up: she deserved better than she got, a pretty face is no guarantee of happiness, and George and Eric were great musical icons, but certainly not Gods... no matter what was written on the subway walls. Maybe Pattie'll write another book and call it 'Something' I forgot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts are this is her first and probably only book. She did jump around a little bit with the years. But the book is written as if she is talking to you, telling you about her life, there is definately a voice. She left us wondering at some points, but thats what makes it intresting, like it says inside this is the way she remembers it and i would definatley recommend it to any sixties revolution fanatic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an American teen who enjoyed the British invasion, and a military wife who lived in England (including the mentioned hurricane of 1987), I was able to enjoy this on many levels with both tears and giggles. It fills in many blanks magazine articles created over the years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but overall was too long, too much unneceassry minutia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very readable yet lacking. You really don't get to know where Patty is from. She doesn't share enough about her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this all the way until the end, but found it disturbing how co-dependent and idiotic Pattie Boyd was. She allowed herself to be treated badly by two men who were incredibly damaged, like they shined a beacon to her "love me I will treat you like crap" and she ran as fast as she could. The beginning years with the Beatles, that was interesting, but after that, just pathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago