An iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, 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 famous muse in the history of rock and roll. She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day’s Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George. It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.” I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you’ve been waiting for.
A nice complement to Clapton's book
I am currently reading Eric Clapton's autobiography and Pattie's book is the other side of their relationship. They match up amazingly well. When I can't read Clapton's book, I listen to Pattie. I'm a recovering alcoholic/addict, so I can relate to the drinking and drugging part, but not to their lifestyle. I grew up on all the music and musicians she and Clapton were involved with, so it's very relevant to my growing up.
This book brought out a different side of two people I worshiped over the years, George and Eric. I love this woman. It was nice to see reality from someone who had to live with them. Rarely do you get that insight. A wedding song to me is as important as the vows. Wonderful Tonight was my wedding song twenty years ago and my wife and I STILL get up and dance to it no matter where we are when it comes on. It brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it. Now knowing the great lady behind this song, and her similarities to my own wife, makes it a million times more special. I am just sorry that George and Eric did not realize the GEM they had. I am sure they both did later in life! THANK YOU PATTY for sharing the good times and the bad times!!! You have gained a number one fan!
Get the written version for the full story
Although the description doesn't mention it, the audiobook is a much shorter version of the book, with many details left out. It's still quite enjoyable listening to Pattie tell her story.