Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
 
 


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

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

Pattie Boyd , Penny Junor
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)

List Price: $14.95
Price: $12.27 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $2.68 (18%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, Dec. 19? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
12 Days of Deals in Books

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Hardcover, Deckle Edge --  
Paperback $12.27  
Audible Audio Edition, Abridged $0.00 Free with your Audible trial
Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook --  
Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Book Description

May 27, 2008
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

For the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible story

Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty-year silence 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 legendary muse in the history of rock and roll. The woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” Pattie Boyd has written a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking–and totally honest.

Frequently Bought Together

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me + Clapton: The Autobiography
Price for both: $25.73

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A Q&A with Pattie Boyd, Author of Wonderful Tonight

Why are you writing the book now?

I have been asked for the last 15 years to write a book, and it is only now that I feel the time is right. My confidence in myself was restored after two successful exhibitions of my photography, and it occurred to me that I was finally ready to take a look at the unique experiences of my life and to share them--including all the ups and downs.

Tell us about the first time you met George Harrison.

Working as a model, I occasionally went for castings, mainly for television commercials. I went for an interview with one of the directors I had worked with in the past, and he cast me in his first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, to play the part of a schoolgirl. When I first saw George on the set, I thought he was the best-looking man I’d ever seen. I was so surprised when he asked me out on a date at the end of my first day of filming.

Tell us about the first time you heard George Harrison's song, "Something."

George said he had written a song for me, and he played it on the guitar at home without the words. Then when I heard the song after it had been recorded I couldn’t believe how utterly beautiful it was. It was released on a single in October 1969, and I felt so thrilled and flattered.

Tell us about the first time you heard Eric Clapton's "Layla."

Eric invited me to his band's flat one day and played a rough recording of "Layla" on a cassette recorder. I was sitting on a sofa and he on the floor as it played, and he kept looking up at me for a reaction. I was stunned; the intensity, passion and tenderness came across so strongly--I knew, as he said, it was written for me.


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"[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


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307407837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
545 of 592 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Admirable Woman August 29, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I'm a Beatles fan too, but am dismayed to see some Beatles and EC acolytes posting not just harsh and unwarranted, but arguably libelious, comments here. "Groupie"?? "Call Girl"??!!

It's sad to see people so rabid and in such denial about their heroes' imperfections that they're smearing a lovely woman because she had the temerity to leave those rock gods before they destroyed her. I fear this sends a message that if you're an abused woman, but your husband is a beloved celebrity (or a popular guy in your community), then keep your mouth shut and put up with it. This is the story of a woman's triumph over abuse and that should be celebrated!

Pattie Boyd gained fame in her own right as was one of the top fashion icons and models of the Swinging London '60s. She was and is a dignified, intelligent woman. She was NOT a "groupie" or a "call girl"; in fact, she initially rebuffed the two men she would later marry.

After being talked and sung about for four decades, Pattie has every right to tell her side of the story. She's said in recent interviews, she chose to NOT reveal graphic details of the abuse she suffered from Slowhand, who has already admitted he repeatedly raped Pattie during their marriage. (See the June 27, 1999, London Sunday Times, recounted here, by the BBC: [...]

Pattie chose to omit the ugliest details from her memoir, but still gives a very vivid description of the fear, panic, and disillusionment that reigned during her marriage to the alcoholic guitar god and her subsequent nervous breakdown.

There are no truly salacious, graphic details in this book -- Pattie is much too classy for that.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
131 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Revisit to the 60s and 70s September 14, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having just read the biography of Phil Spector and the girlfriend of Lindsey Buckingham, I'm beginning to see a pattern. Rock Stars are narcissistic creatures who do what they want when they want, don't like no for an answer and want to be waited on hand and foot. Oh, one more trend. There are plenty of people willing to do that from wives, girlfriends, managers and roadies.

But this is a special book mainly because you are dealing with two very special musicians. Any Beatle is special and George appears to overall have been a special human being. Eric Clapton also has to go down in the Top 20 of musicians for his guitar playing and long history. Imagine what life is like to have been the inspiration of such classic songs, Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Something in the Way She Moves! Patty's life is very interesting although I wouldn't call it fascinating. She just happened to be at a place to view Pop History in the last half of the 20th Century and meet many of the people who influenced it, as well as partake in the drugs and drink that shaped it. In summary, George comes off as what the public saw: a quiet man with faults like others but a fairly even demeanor, a good chap. Eric, is passionate, but eventually cruel. It's often said that the ones you hurt the worst are the ones closest to you. That's the summary of this book. And Patty participates also by breaking hearts.

I too am surprised by the harsh comments of her by some reviewers. She was a beautiful model who inspired men, maybe no more so than Clapton who pursued her from his friend when still married. I wish there had been more pictures of her to see the appeal. What she does an excellent job of is showing what is behind the public persona of these guys. What was it really like?
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
159 of 184 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... September 13, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ultimately, the responsibility of the outcome of this book rests on Pattie Boyd's shoulders, but I can't help feeling that she could have used a better co-author here. There are so many problems with this book I'm not sure where to begin. It's unfortunate because I really believe that Pattie has an amazing story to tell.

Clinical is the best way I can describe the telling of this story. Pattie tells us that "this happened, this happened and this happened," but never gives us a real sense of what it was like to experience all these different things. I could accept that if chronologically she wasn't all over the board. One moment she's telling us about something that happened before she was married to George, jumps to something that happened after they were married, and then she's right back to before they were married.

I've seen some complaints about the name-dropping. Quite frankly, I'd be surprised if she didn't drop a few names. What bothered me was that I have never even heard of a lot of these people (sorry, but I'm just not as up as I should be on all the models, photographers and club owners that roamed around swinging London of the 1960's.)

There is something about the way she describes her relationship with George that left me feeling a bit cold. She doesn't even tell us when she knew she was in love with him. Based on what I read, their relationship seemed to be that of roommates. She paints a picture of him as being quite aloof and distant with her, yet quite joyful and generous with her family.

Then there's Eric. This is really were Pattie lost me. I'm still not sure what she saw in this guy that made her leave her husband (yeah, I know, he wrote a song about her...and?) He is not portrayed in a pleasant light at all.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ending the intrigue of a famous triangle
I have heard for years about Patty Boyd, Eric Clapton and George Harrison triangle. I am a huge Beatle and George Harrison fan. Am looking forward to see what Patti has to say.
Published 15 days ago by Merna S. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the Beatles and I thought Pattie Boyd was thee ...
I loved the Beatles and I thought Pattie Boyd was thee most coolest model / chick ever. I wanted to be like her. I thought her and George were the greatest looking couple. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Tamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read. Raw, real, honest view of ...
Fabulous read. Raw, real, honest view of her life.
Published 22 days ago by Holly Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hi hum
Published 23 days ago by britta thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found this
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover because I was a great fan of Patti and George. The book is an enjoyable read and lets those who loved/love these adorable people... Read more
Published 27 days ago by World Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Purchase From Again
Would Purchase From Again
Published 1 month ago by Carla Huber-Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
A+,GREAT BOOK
Published 1 month ago by BOBBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice details of the life of a famous woman
I wanted to be Patti Boyd when I was growing up so I was thrilled to read what her life was really like. No I wouldn't trade places with her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chrysalis
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into that era
Very interesting and hard to put down. Wonderful insight into that era. Heartfelt.
Published 1 month ago by Dale Timu
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Beatles and George was my favorite
I love the Beatles and George was my favorite. I've been looking forward to reading this book for a long, long time.
Published 1 month ago by Laura J. Detert
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
Why I Will Read Customer Reviews Before Buying A Book.
LOL!!!!
Feb 10, 2009 by RumbleDoll |  See all 2 posts
Patti Boyd and homeopathic medicine?
page 85 she was given a diagnosis from a healer in 1965 and got a homeopathic remedy for a kidney disorder
Jan 29, 2008 by kooky Kid |  See all 2 posts
Why I will read this book
I saw it too. Her publisher may have told her to protect the "mystique" of the book and reamain reticent so as not to adversely affect sales.
I look forward to reading her book as well as Eric's.
Aug 26, 2007 by E. Leiss |  See all 2 posts
Why I *Will* Buy/Read This Book
I agree! Linda would NOT ever write a book about her life with Paul. If she were still alive, she would most definitly still be married to Paul,making her even less inclined to write her memoirs. Even if she had written something it would probably be media, crowd pleasing, image control stuff.... Read More
Aug 31, 2007 by Kindle Customer |  See all 3 posts
Why I Won't Buy/Read This Book
Completely agree with T. McCool-
of course the meaning of the letter (to her) is going to change when you find out it's from someone you know and have been close friends with -rather than some person off the street. That's just common sense. Don't know why someone would find fault with her for... Read More
Sep 24, 2007 by Kelli Cane |  See all 10 posts
why i will but this book. Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 




Look for Similar Items by Category