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George Harrison Paperback – 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: SANCTUARY (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1860744893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860744891
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,517,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Tree murderer!
Why is this such a wretched waste of trees? A few reasons.
Since George Harrison shunned celebrity, and his loyal friends and family (with the exception of sister Louise, who hadn't much to say) chose not to speak to the author, this is a cut and paste job. To get around the great big holes in the narrative, and a total lack of insight into-or even interest in--what made George tick, the author fills in this 400+ page book with excruciatingly dull and irrelevant details about every act that ever came out of Liverpool. He also pads with lots of self-serving details about himself (could his bad attitude toward Harrison be due to the fact that George didn't go to see the author's band in 1980 when Clayson was performing in Henley and sent George a free ticket?, as noted on p. 388)and lots of nasty barbs that teach us nothing but what Alan Clayson's opinion is on rhythm and blues improvisation, Leon Russell, and Krishna consciousness. To put it nicely, he despises them all. Do you really care? I didn't.
And though I suppose the author was trying to be droll like the self-depracating Mr. Harrison, his attitude toward his subject is so derisive and so hostile that anyone who has any admiration at all for Harrison will be at best depressed reading this and feel like a total dweeb by the time they finish. The author snickers at all of Harrison's religious beliefs and makes snide comments about just about every song Harrison ever wrote or recorded (and is quick to find quotes from others, such as George Martin, to back up his low opinion of Harrison's talent). Clayson even sneers at George and Olivia's choice to send Dhani to a Montessori school ("a slap-up, fee-paying seat of learning"), as if that were the height of rock star self-indulgence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gallinger on June 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Alan Clayson's book on George Harrison is a thoughtful and well-documented biography of the "quiet" Beatle, whose song writing abilities were always overshadowed by the talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Clayson details Harrison's evolution as a musical force within the Beatles and his steady progress as an individual within the personality maelstrom of that animal called the Beatles. Touching and challenging in its insights, Clayson evokes a spirit in Harrison that struggled to transcend being simply the Beatles' lead guitarist.

Donald Gallinger is the author of The Master Planets
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This intense biography of the youngest Beatle is rich in facts and information. This work traces George Harrison's life from his youth in Liverpool to his meteoric rise in fame as a musician and his tragic demise in 2001. People who knew George Harrison as well as the backdrop of events and issues of the times are richly expounded upon, thus making this work exceptional.
I like the way many details are included in this work because it gives readers a multi-faceted look at the man who would set new standards among lyricists and guitarists. This unique individual, George Harrison stood out among his peers including the other Beatles. Clayson does him justice in portraying him in his natural state. He has a rich supply of sources and is able to account for each documentation. I really like the chapter Clayson included about George's 1963 trip to America to visit his sister, brother-in-law and their children. The impact the young Beatle had on the people he met in Benton, Illinois is well chronicled in this work.
This is work well worth the read and I am the proud owner of it. Try Some, Buy Some and enjoy this book. It is very riveting and intense.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
A respected music journalist's excellent, thorough biography of George Harrison from childhood through his 1999 attack and 2000-2001 cancer treatments. There are considerable inside details of his Beatle and post-Beatle days, his relationships with the other Beatles and others, and critical assessments of his commercial successes and failures and personal, spiritual, and artistic accomplishments. Comprehensive index, no illustrations. A first-class addition to anyone's rock and roll bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is fairly well written, but the ending chapters and appendicies appear to have been assembled in haste and are somewhat of a letdown. I agree with the reviewer who wrote that Clayson often seemed unaccountably mean-spirited toward Harrison. Come to think of it, he gets in digs at James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and several others mentioned in the book, all with very little explanation. Clayson also fails to tie up many threads in Harrison's life, including his relationship with Paul McCartney, who of course brought George into the Quarrymen. George's friendship with Ravi Shankar is also slighted (Shankar described this quite well - including their work together in the 1990s - in the book Raga Mala). The book needs a summing up of Harrison's life, but instead ends with an intriguing but perhaps unverified story of George meeting & jamming with some country and western musicians during his first visit to the U.S. Perhaps a better accounting of George Harrison's life will be possible after some of his unreleased recordings become available and his family and friends have opened up to someone better suited than Alan Clayson to tell George's story.
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