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While My Guitar Gently Weeps : The Music of George Harrison Paperback – April 1, 2006
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Simon Leng has painstakingly documented the musical career of George Harrison. And his years with the Beatles were only the beginning. According to Leng, compared to the other Beatles, Harrison's personality was not flashy - 'he let his guitar do the talking.' Harrison's musicality is the central theme, wirh reflections both positive and negative. It's a fascinating account of his personal struggles, and creative processes. Eastern religion also played a major role. There are album cover pictures, reviews of all the songs, performer lists, and reviews of his tours (including the Dark Horse Tour.)
The center section is black and white photos, including some rare ones. You've got Bob Purvis, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Carl Perkins, Bob Dylan, and more. Harrison's music was definitely influential.
The author's love for George's music is obvious from the beginning. Leng makes a strong case for Harrison's influence on the fusion of rock & world music, and proves to my mind that George was the most eclectic Beatle. Rock, jazz, English folk, country, slide blues, electronic, rockabilly, Caribbean, Latin, Polynesian, big band, classical, gospel, Indian, Far Eastern, funk and acoustic pop are all included among the Harrisongs.
As a reviewer pointed out, the only really disappointing aspect of this book is the non-inclusion of most of Brainwashed (Any Road & Run So Far are both given analysis, and some other songs are mentioned)...
I like the way Leng has documented in almost painstaking detail the music of George Harrison. The former Beatle did let his guitar do most of the talking; he was a phenomenal guitarist and a nonpareil lyricist. Leng does an extraordinary job of pulling together the persona of George Harrison together with his music; an almost yin-yang relationship at times based on this book.
Leng has done a good job of researching his material; Harrison's concert dates, tours and song reviews are provided. The former Beatle's affinity for Eastern religion/philosophy is duly noted in this work and how it molded him and his music. Many credit George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, the man who taught him how to play the sitar for merging Eastern and Western musical styles to create something unique and wonderful.
It is plain that Leng respects George Harrison, the man and the artist and those who played major roles in his life. This is truly an excellent work on the youngest Beatle that will leave readers thinking about him for a very long time.
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A truly unique "book about George Harrison" as it focuses on both the man and each if his songs. Love it!Published 22 months ago by Catresea Ann Canivan
Written after George's passing. It reads from the viewpoint of a musician/fan, chronologically following George's musical story, this is not a biography. Read morePublished 23 months ago by andyguitar59
It is SO nice to see George's music get the sympathetic in-depth treatment it deserves. Leng covers both the Beatles and post-Beatles eras. I'm sure George would have approved. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Jeff Walker
This book is well overdue and I'm pleased that the author has given George Harrison credit where otherwise it may not have been given. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by The Maestro
Very good biography from george harrison. I believe george's fans should read this and "I me mine" too.I, Me, MinePublished on August 17, 2009 by Marcelo De O. Lemos