The book contains a photo section, mainly pics I've not seen before, and a section on his song lyrics, with some explanations of This is a true story. The book contains a photo section, mainly pics I've not seen before, and a section on his song lyrics, with some explanations of how they were composed. It's only when I'm into the book that I discover it's the 25th of February. Happy birthday George! Sep 17, Paige rated it it was amazing. I was a bit apprehensive about reading this because of the reviews I saw on Goodreads, but in my insatiable quest to soak up as much information about the Beatles and my favorite Beatle as possible, it was obvious I had to read this.
Anyone who knows anything about George "the quiet Beatle that never shut up" is that he wasn't one to talk about himself too much so of course this was bound to be hilarious, straight to the point, and more about the music than him. Whatever this book is, I loved I was a bit apprehensive about reading this because of the reviews I saw on Goodreads, but in my insatiable quest to soak up as much information about the Beatles and my favorite Beatle as possible, it was obvious I had to read this.
Whatever this book is, I loved it. It's always great to discover new songs when I think I've covered all the "good" one's so this was awesome. Now if I could just follow through with my Here Comes the Sun tattoo then I think my obsession would be complete Jan 07, Nikki rated it it was ok. I am a huge fan of George Harrison and was so excited to read this book. I was so disappointed. I found the first third of the book difficult to follow.
Attimes it was unclear if it was George speaking or Derek Taylor. It was seemed to jump back and forth in time, so it was confusing. There were also printed sketches in this first section, with out any captions. It wasn't until I got to the second and middle section of photos that I was able to figure it out Well at the end of the book there was a table that had the page numbers of the sketches listed with a description of each. The same was true for all the photos. This was so annoying. You had to keep flipping back and forth to read what the sketches and photos were of.
The book just seemd so poorly put together. I was also looking forward to reading all about George's songs. That too was disappointing as for the majority of them all George had to say was where or he was when he wrote the song and when it was, or what chord or instrument he used. It seemed to be more about the music end of it and not so much about the meaning of the lyrics or what inspired a song.
There were a few in which George did delve into the meaning behind a song, but not for the most part. This book could have been so much better Nov 15, Melissa rated it it was ok. Olivia's and Derek's commentary are in italics, and George's own words are in plain text, but it's still hard to follow sometimes whose commentary you're reading.
I would have expected things to be arranged chronologically, but they're not in an order I can figure out. Then come some picture plates. The rest of the book is lyrics to George's songs - the lyrics typewritten and then a reproduction of his original written lyrics with edits on different papers and so forth. George writes some amazing music, but I wasn't expecting an autobiography to be half song lyrics; I was expecting it to be all about his life.
I haven't finished reading the first bit, but skimming it, I've seen no comments at all about later years like his time with the Travelling Wilburys or his hit "Got My Mind Set On You" which he'd actually written many years earlier. I feel like I learned more about his life at least his early life and fame from reading his first wife Pattie Boyd's autobiography.
View 2 comments. If you aren't well-versed on Beatles lore, you might be disappointed. I am, therefore I'm not. I wouldn't mind owning a copy of this book for the lyrics alone. I loved this book when I first read it - some 20 years ago - and I really enjoyed revisiting it in "Extended Edition" form. Such a great, and understated concept. Mar 11, Richard rated it really liked it. Short bio, a collection of picture, song lyrics and the stories behind the songs.
If you like the Beatles, this books for you. Jan 27, Amanda rated it it was amazing. Found this between the shelves at the public library, and wondered why it didn't actually have a spot in the book shelf but hey, I got to see and to read it. George Harrison a former beatle, shows his life through his own words, pictures and summaries of what his songs actually mean. I really enjoyed that part of the book, seeing where a lot of the meanings came from.
I didn't really like the fact that he wrote songs for other people fairly quickly, as to ponder.
Did they mean anything? But they Found this between the shelves at the public library, and wondered why it didn't actually have a spot in the book shelf but hey, I got to see and to read it. But they might as well have. I loved his religion and the way he saw himself. How he talked about the ego, and the way too many people are into that.
My favorite part of the book is when he says, "I am this living thing that goes on, always have been, always will be, but at the time I happen to be in 'this' body. The body had changed, was a baby, was a young man, will soon be an old man, and I'll be dead. The physical body will pass, but this bit in the middle that's the only reality. But the way we look, does not make us.
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No, the way we actually are, is what makes us. I just love the analogy that George uses, when he says, "I am not George," and precedes with the line above. But other than that, he lived a very giving life, one that let him enjoy the casualties of everything. I do wish like many people before me that the book contained more than lengthy pages of pictures and the actual pages he wrote the book in. But it gives it a unique touch, that George himself could supply words for it, but that it also had his touch on the book. Being that it was about his life, it is just the way it very well could of been intended to be.
Jul 30, Samantha rated it liked it. If I had to describe Harrison's autobiography in one word I would say it's artsy.
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The reason I think it's artsy is because it doesn't read like a normal autobiography in that there's an ordered sequence of events. Harrison talks about his family and his schooling and his life in the music world, but it's very conversational. The timeline is a little difficult to decipher, but overall it's a good read. The second half of the book contains photos with commentary and copies of songs in Harrison's own hand. I would highly recommend this book to diehard Beatles fans, but for people who are just discovering the Beatles or are just looking for a lot of information or answers to specific questiosn I would recommend The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles.
Jan 04, Chaz rated it liked it. The first third of this book is spectacular and really incorporates Harrison's love for spirituality, India, songwriting and life. The second third is mainly photos. I guess if you have a crush on George -- these pages can be interesting, but did little for me. I'd rather hear his voice or listen to his fingers. The last third acts as a reference library for his catalog of songs. It's helpful to flip through, if The first third of this book is spectacular and really incorporates Harrison's love for spirituality, India, songwriting and life.
It's helpful to flip through, if you're curious behind some of the meanings of his lyrics or where he was in his life when he wrote a particular lyric.
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Not bad -- just not what I was looking for. Oct 22, Ryan rated it really liked it. What can't you learn from George Harrison? This is his self proclaimed "little ego detour", neat perspective on an amazing life.
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Awesome to read his background on all of the songs he wrote and the handwritten pieces of paper they were all written on. All in all a really cool read. I have heard there is a limited edition, leather bound edition of this book that is hard to come by; it is officially on my list of expensive gifts I would never ask for. Jan 03, Meg rated it really liked it.
This was a pleasantly surprising "quick read. Then some photos and then reprints of Harrison's lyrics and the stories behind those lyrics for about 80 songs. Mar 29, John rated it really liked it Shelves: music-and-art. I miss George I feel somewhat guilty about that, but I rated his solo work and his more unasuming personality. Apr 27, B. Lee rated it really liked it. Jan 21, Nessa Borealis rated it it was amazing.
Sweet George, in his own words. I especially loved the careful recollections of his songwriting Oct 05, Helynne rated it really liked it. Since this memoir was published originally in when Harrison still had 21more years of songwriting, performing, and recording left in his life, one cannot help but wish he had also given us a later written overview with a more complete portrait.
But this funky memoire is a treasure in its own way. He includes a short paragraph with each song explaining the circumstances under which he wrote it and how he became inspired. George was tired of the I Me Mines of this world, including his own. Probably the closest thing there will ever be to an autobiography by Harrison, the book basically consists of 3 parts - the first approximately pages which is autobiographical, followed by a rather lengthy section of black-and-white photos followed by copies of handwritten song lyrics and a short commentary by Harrison about each one.
If you're into his rambling on about Krishna and his Indian philosophy and religious outlook based on that Indian philosophy on life, you'll probably think h Probably the closest thing there will ever be to an autobiography by Harrison, the book basically consists of 3 parts - the first approximately pages which is autobiographical, followed by a rather lengthy section of black-and-white photos followed by copies of handwritten song lyrics and a short commentary by Harrison about each one.
If you're into his rambling on about Krishna and his Indian philosophy and religious outlook based on that Indian philosophy on life, you'll probably think he was a holy man who is now in the pantheon of the Indian gods chanting "Hare Krishna" and preparing for his next life here on Earth. I bought this book about 12 years ago and it just sat in the "to be read" pile until finally picking it up and reading it.
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After the first section, it was kind of boring and I found myself wishing I had waited another 12 years! I still have my much-battered, much slimmer version of this book regrettably, not the limited edition one that was put out. Thirty-eight years later, here I am again, with a beautifully-made extended edition, essentially encompassing every song of his career.
Harrison's modest, everyman personality shines through on every page of the book. He was never my favourite of the four—that honour goes to their troubled front man, Lennon—and I could never buy into Harr Big! He was never my favourite of the four—that honour goes to their troubled front man, Lennon—and I could never buy into Harrison's spiritual beliefs, but I gotta say, I do respect the man for not only living his values, but also taking the risky career move of letting those values shine through in his work.
Yes, he's a bit trippy—more than I remembered—but then again, so was Lennon, and a hell of a lot of others who came up through the Sixties. But this? This is an interesting glimpse into the Quiet One. Aug 23, Jnotes99 rated it liked it. I was a bit disappointed by this book. There was a small section of discussions with Derek Taylor that covered much of his life, but very briefly at best.
This was followed by a group of pictures, which were interesting. The last, and largest sections were his song lyrics - typed out, and copies of the original scribblings, and a brief commentary on the songs themselves. While the song commentary was interesting, there was not much of it and the majority were the scribbles and typed lyrics which I was a bit disappointed by this book. While the song commentary was interesting, there was not much of it and the majority were the scribbles and typed lyrics which were redundant.
As a Beatles fan, there was suprisingly very little of those times covered in the book. An interesting insight into a very interesting individual, but surprisingly light, leaving me disappointed. Nov 19, Jesse rated it it was amazing. George was very cool. George discusses his childhood and complains about Beatlemania, offering a few good stories taking place during the latter. As the youngest Beatle, it's amazing what George experienced at such a young age.
Considering he could have contributed pages worth of material to this section, it's cool that he kept it George was very cool. Considering he could have contributed pages worth of material to this section, it's cool that he kept it to a cool The other half is filled with concise commentaries on his songs, alongside prints of handwritten lyrics. You don't need to know all the songs to enjoy his anecdotes. A bit of religious philosophizing throughout as George was famously Hindu. Overall a real treat for Beatles fans. I'd read the original, but my lovely wife got me the Extended Edition for Christmas.
Now, if you're looking for a good George Harrison biography, this is not the book for you. It opens with Hari musing on a few topics with friend Derek Taylor, but you're not really going to get any organized sort of history here. If, however, you want a lovely volume that reproduces George's hand-written lyrics, all the way to the end of his life thus "extended" , along with a lot of commentary on the songs, I I'd read the original, but my lovely wife got me the Extended Edition for Christmas.
If, however, you want a lovely volume that reproduces George's hand-written lyrics, all the way to the end of his life thus "extended" , along with a lot of commentary on the songs, I believe you'll enjoy this. There's some humor, some preachiness, and some warmth. Just like George. And it's quite well constructed. This book is an excellent glimpse into the man and his music. There are many pages of original handwritten lyrics on whatever was available. Likewise, there are many pages of photographs, several by German photographer and long-time fan and friend of tThe Beatles Astrid Kircher.
If you're looking for details of his Beatle George days, you'll not find that here. With over fifty archival photos, Harrison's words, and his song lyrics, this book offers an insight into the musician's life, work and philosophy. I Me Mine: The Extended Edition presents the lyrics to George Harrison songs, with handwritten lyrics beautifully reproduced in facsimile, accompanied by Harrison's uniquely intimate and humorous commentary.
This edition has been expanded to include 59 new songs; as well as tracks written for The Beatles, it also contains lyrics from Harrison's solo career, including his albums All Things Must Pass and Brainwashed. I Me Mine: The Extended Edition presents for the first time a complete compendium of Harrison's musical career and his writing. With written contributions from Olivia Harrison and Derek Taylor, original cover art by Shepard Fairey, and a wealth of previously unpublished material, the new edition is a treasured portrait of George Harrison and his music.
About George Harrison George Harrison joined the band that would become The Beatles in , when he was just His richly varied solo career as both musician and producer began with the acclaimed album All Things Must Pass and included the landmark Concert for Bangladesh, considered the first fund-raising rock show, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Ravi Shankar and The Traveling Wilburys.
George Harrison married Olivia Arias in and together they have a son, Dhani. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.
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