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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423406099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423406099
  • ASIN: 1423406095
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Q]uite possibly the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published." --Maximum Ink, June 2, 2006

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Harrison's music was definitely influential.
Arena Connery
While this book might be called a biography, it really concentrates more on the music and the insights to Harrison's personality that the music provides.
John Matlock
This book "Then Music Of George Harrison", by Simon Leng, is without question the ultimate reference work on the recorded career of George Harrison.
Anthony Accordino

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Accordino VINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
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Anytime a major rock star has several books written about him, they are all basically rehashing the same information under a different title. This book "Then Music Of George Harrison", by Simon Leng, is without question the ultimate reference work on the recorded career of George Harrison. Every album and every single song George ever recorded, is given encyclopedic treatment. No stone is left unturned, as chart rankings, session players, and historical significance of his music is discussed in detail like never before. George's monumental album "All Things Must Pass", is given a 34 page chapter alone, as the author tells of tales from the musicians who participated in the recording, as well as the making of the album, which still stands today as one of the greatest albums in rock history. I found this book to be quite an enjoyable read, and a must have edition to any rock n roll library. Beatle fans take note that this is essential!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Arena Connery on April 25, 2006
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It's true - 'No Beatles fan should be without this book.'

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kimsey on March 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After some pretty dismal biographies, George Harrison is finally receiving the responsible, in-depth look that he has always deserved. Despite the title, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is actually a survey of Harrison's woefully underrated solo career. The Beatles aren't neglected entirely (of course), but fine discs such as 33 1/3, George Harrison and Dark Horse are finally given the attention that they merit. And for fans of All Things Must Pass, this book is a godsend.
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)...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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I agree with the praise given this book by other Amazon reviewers, but would like to add a few points. First, Simon Leng discusses Harrison's musical relationship with pianist, composer & arranger John Barham, ranging from George's first interest in the sitar through their work on Ravi Shankar's "Chants of India" album. I would like to read more about Barham. Secondly, the book gains quite a bit from Klaus Voorman's involvement. Voorman is the artist and bass player who met the Beatles in Hamburg, produced the covers for "Revolver" and the Anthology CDs and played on Harrison's early solo albums. Voorman also contributed two nice sketches of George for this book. There are extensive quotes from others, including Doris Troy and David Bromberg (the latter of whom, although very insightful, may be quoted a bit too much considering his brief acquaintance with Harrison). This book may be the best available work on George Harrison.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had a great time listening to the songs while I read about them. I love the way he describes the songs one by one in detail, the insight he offers that cleared up a lot of guessing (Who played on what etc.) He also has an obvious passion for George's music which probably matters most. His opinions are not typical which is a relief. (i.e. He actually likes "Gone Troppo", me too) It's a great book and a lot of work went into it. This is a George book that I will keep. "I Me Mine" (written by George himself) and "Harrison" from Rolling Stone Publications are the other two.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a masterpiece and will delight all readers, from the inveterate George Harrison fans to people just becoming familiar with his works. Leng has a real flair for written expression and research. His extensive knowledge of Eastern music and how Harrison incorporated Eastern styles into his music enrich this work. Leng offers extensive coverage to people who influenced the late guitarist such as Klaus Voorman, an artist who had known George since the inception of the Beatles and who later drew the 1966 album cover for "Revolver," pianist John Barhman and Ravi Shankar, the man who taught George to play the sitar.
Leng plainly respects the intelligence of his readers and his writing is clear, clean and crisp. There is no extraneous matter. Leng has a gift for piquing the interest and curiosity of readers. In reading this, one wants to know more about John Barham and the other people who influenced George Harrison. Leng's work is expansive; he excites interest and curiosity in an almost "ripple" effect form; each person named in his book "interlocks" in the way they influenced George Harrison. It is this approach that maintains readers' interest. Leng has researched his information well and his respect for George and the many people who influenced him and his art comes through plainly in this work. I like the way Leng accepts and acknowledges George, warts and all and the musical analysis he provides in this work.
The writing's on the wall - try some, buy some and please try and buy this book! This is a superior work!
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