- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780470127803
- ISBN-13: 978-0470127803
- ASIN: 0470127805
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison Paperback – June 1, 2007
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A friend of George Harrison offers informed reflections on the late musician's spiritual quest.
Out of the insanity, claustrophobia and estrangement that came with being a member of the Beatles, Harrison emerged an affected man, in search of God and peace. Filmmaker/biographer Greene (Justice at Dachau, 2003, etc.) portrays his friend as introspective and modest, inspired by an experience with LSD ("From that moment on, I wanted to have that depth and clarity of perception," Harrison told "Rolling Stone.") Harrison reached beyond intoxicants into the bliss of yoga and cosmic chants, a buzz that took him "into the astral plane." He wanted others to share his contact with the mystical and spoke of his spirituality during concerts, where his comments were met with, at best, indifference. Though he spent considerable time exploring the Hindu religion, writes Greene, the musician was a restless quester, always looking for ways to put his spiritual house in order. Greene writes of a newfound "levelheaded dispassion" as Harrison moved into his sixth decade, a sense of liberation from the material world coupled with an affirmation of nature and a personal recognition of his place in the scheme of things.
Greene presents a man deeply engaged in the world he longed to transcend. ("Kirkus Review," November 1, 2005)
"Many well-known artists have touched people's hearts with their music, but few have ever succeeded in touching people's souls. That was George's gift, and his story is described here with affection and taste. A wonderful book."—Mia Farrow
"There is a palpable excitement to this book that made me feel I was there, with George, on his journey. . . . Extraordinary."—Martin Rutte, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work
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The advantages of Working Class Mystic are that it's shorter and explains the Hinduism is clearer/more basic fashion.
The advantage of Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison is that it's more detailed.
I'm very glad I read both. Given the choice, I'd recommend you read Working Class Mystic first, then Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison.
I learned a lot about George and was very much inspired by his story. So inspired that I bought every song and album mentioned in the book just so I could listen to it as I read the stories.
This book moved me in ways that go beyond words. I lived through George as he discovered God. Tears flowed from my eyes as I neared the end of his life...
This book was clearly a work of love and devotion. Thank you, Joshua Greene, for enriching my life.
I decided to check out Here Comes the Sun. Admittedly I skipped over the first chapter, covering the beginnings and basics of George and the Beatles, and I jumped head first into his personal life, his love for India, he seclusion, his loves, and his religion. It was inspiring to no end. I like him more as a person than as a musician. Someone I'd love to strive to be like in some respects, though his somewhat closed off demeanor at times is unfortunately not very becoming, especially in regards to personal and romantic relationships.
That aside, this was an amazingly well-researched, well written, very engaging book. I read it through the course of 2 days, which is unheard of for a normally slow/ADHD reader like myself. I'm interested in reading more books on George but afraid of way too much overlap.
the personal, private George, as well as the spiritual man who was light years ahead of his time. I have learned much and appreciated more of who they call "the quiet Beatle."