Behind Sad Eyes

The Life of George Harrison

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Publisher Description

Shrouded in a sea of mystery, the elusive George Harrison has long been the most private and enigmatic member of the Beatles. From his hard knock childhood in Liverpool to his ascendance into rock infamy, George Harrison's life has been a torpid ride filled with legendary success and heart crushing defeat.

New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro sheds new light on this paradoxical rocker, whose reputation for unusual religious practices and drug abuse often rivaled his musical notoriety.

A man whose desire was to be free rather than be famous, Harrison's battle against conformity lead him to music making, a soulful and creative expression that would be his ticket to success and the bane of his existence. Behind Sad Eyes is the compelling account of a man who gave the Beatles their lyrical playing style and brought solace to a generation during turbulent times.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2003
January 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

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Disappointing

A gloomy and superficial treatment of an otherwise interesting subject.

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Author indicts his credibility with a single statement

The major flaw of this book is that near the end, the author proclaims that the only former Beatle who produced consistently good work was John Lennon. By any measure, none of the former Beatles were consistently good. John produced less than five (but with one sublime) works, and even if you limit the reckoning to the 1970s when Lennon was still alive, Harrison produced at least ten great songs that same decade. Hence, the statement is patently absurd.

The second greatest flaw of the book is that the guitar, and Harrison’s prodigious contributions towards the playing of it in rock, are not mentioned at all. The instrument is not even a minor character in a book about a person for whom it was a major influence. Incomprehensible that such an important storyline be omitted.

In all, I’d rate this book a “pass.” Does not contribute much of interest to understanding the man, his achievements, and the factors that drove him.

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