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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Just wanted to knock off a quick review, because I feel Patti has been short changed so far. I think Patti has written an account that gives fans plenty of interesting nuggets and insight, without being too indiscreet either. There is obviously a lot missing and what we get is a few scraps but they are quite tasty. Given that George has now passed on and Eric has written his own autobiography her timing is okay and though George and Eric don't emerge unscathed, she also has plenty of nice things to say about them. The book is somewhat amateur in certain ways. It's full of typos, even half sentences missing, and sometimes it gets its facts wrong. Speaking of the early years, she says the Beatles averaged one album and 3 singles. In fact it was two albums and 4 singles. Sometimes when she is trotting out the statistics like that I very much get the feeling that Patti is no longer with us anyway, it's the ghostwriter Penny Junor giving a bit of background for folks that don't know much about the era. Patti doesn't seem that interested in the music and Junor doesn't betray hallmarks of being much of a Beatles fan, either. The book therefore suffers from a lack of judicious probity. We get almost nothing about George's relationship with other Beatles, bar a tantalising clue about George's frustration with Paul. I suspect it may be because Patti didn't want to go there for the Beatles' sake and that's fair enough, but I think she could have gone a wee bit further and not hurt anyone. Personally I think George's problems with Paul were not just about Paul's well known ego, but also because George had one too (surprise) and some of George's all too human flaws do become apparent in this book. That said, I wonder if Patti is not a little blind. To me it seems George married hastily to someone who wasn't totally suited to him- at least in the long run- and throughout the whole book Patti seems to be in denial about that. I don't think fighting for her marriage would have helped her, as they seem to have been on quite divergent wavelengths and time would make that tell.
So many famous names of the time get a mention, this book has to be worth considering if the period and its characters interest you. I found interesting anecdotes about numerous people. Elvis and Mick Jagger, Brian Epstein and George and Patti's cleaner.
Oddly, I found the bits about her family and early life just as interesting as the bits about Beatles and rock stars. For me the most mysterious character in the book is her father and I hoped for a bit more about him. The main character in the book is Eric, so if you collect perspectives on him, this is a must read.
But there are so many gaping holes that could have been filled without intruding into other people's privacy. Patti says "We took acid regularly" but has nothing to say about the effect it had on her, perhaps that's because it didn't really have much of an effect. She also mentions numerous people without ever telling us much about them. Again, no need to intrude far, but a little crumb would be nice. Phil Collins and Roger Taylor are just names in this book. The book could easily have been twice as long and I wouldn't have minded, but as it is for the price I paid on Kindle it was well worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2011
I really enjoyed this book and pretty much read it non stop. As for many readers I suspect I was attracted to the book because of 'that' song and the intrigue of reading the perspective of somebody who knew both these musicians so well and was the inspiration for the song.

The importance of understanding Patti's early life becomes really important when you see how life can repeat itself and how people can come to accept misbehaviour on others parts as being acceptable because of their own early life experiences.

For a behind the scenes view of life with 2 rock and roll titans you won't be disappointed - these men are still both hero's of mine but goodness me my adulation is now strictly reserved for their music!

Thanks for sharing Pattie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2013
I knew this wouldn't exactly be high brow, but I thought it would at least be entertaining. Wrong. It is one of the most banal things I have ever read. I am skim reading most of it as it is so bad. This woman lived through the madness of the Beatles in the 60's and writes nothing of any note about the period. I had hoped for some insight into George's personality, but i get no picture of him at all. I don't even really get that much of a picture of Patti herself, other than as someone who is completely self absorbed. The worst moment is when she suggests that Eric Clapton became a heroin addict as she wouldn't leave George for him. Now that may have been a factor, but I think it takes more than a rejection to turn someone into a drug addict. Honestly, don't bother buying this. Anything you might be interested in you will most likely already know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2013
Great to have this insight to the rock life style of the 60s and 70s

Life with a Beatle and then Eric Clapton certainly wasn't dull, and very interesting to get Patti's story. However, some very descriptive rather than insightful passages are disappointing. Some poor grammar (proofreading?) lets it down.

Still, a decent read for anyone who remembers the people, songs, or headlines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2013
As a Beatle fanatic I read this book for an insight into life with George. I'd seen Scorcese' s Living in the Material World film & Patti Boyds book tallied well with it. Her description of her dysfunctional family & upbringing make me wonder that she appears to be such a well balanced individual. The "quiet Beatle" appears, at times, to be a tortured soul, with episodes of meditative isolation followed by wilful marital cruelty. Who knew? We've been led to believe that that was solely Lennon' s territory! Why Eric Clapton should so rigorously pursue a woman only to immediately retreat into an alcoholic stupor once he won her I don't know, but then addicts are complicated. I find it slightly irritating that Patti pleads poverty at times- real world anybody! However this is quite an informative read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
I think Pattie has been reasonably truthful about her relationships with both George Harrison and Eric Clapton in this book, so it gives some insight into their private lives that you might not get from a different person, e.g. current wife or girl-friend. Clearly Pattie led a charmed life, from her early days as a model to being jetted around the world in the company of famous rock-stars. She seems to have been unchanged by these experiences and having survived the usual drug and drink excesses can probably produce a more realistic account of those years than some of the other survivors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2013
Interesting read. Good to hear Pattie's side but she did mention quite a bit how short of cash she was even though she had countless holidays etc ,Definitely not living in the real world
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2011
How could this pretty, blonde 60s almost an icon, have managed to produce such a boring tale! The subject of three of the worlds greatest love songs ~ Something, Layla and Wonderful Tonight. The adored choice of George Harrison and Eric Clapton seems prosaic, dull. What a shame. I quite liked that she took no money when she left these guys ( who also come across as less than heroic!) More illusions shattered. Still, great times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
This is an interesting book which I ordered from a UK company so that it would be in time for Christmas but it came from the USA in January! However it gives a facinating picture of Pattie Boyd's life and the scene in the 1960/1970's. There is a lot of name dropping and you could lose track of who's who at times. All in all it was a book I always wanted to read and I am not disappointed.
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on 24 June 2015
I do not normally like autobiographies or biographies, but decided to try this as I thought Pattie Boyd had lived an interesting life. I was not disappointed, this is a fabulous read, very detailed and a real insight into the life she led with Harrison and Clapton. You feel you really get to know Pattie and as I didn't really know much about this era it was very interesting. She really went through the mill with these marriages and I would have thought she had led a charmed life if I had not read 'wonderful tonight'. Thoroughly recommend, only downside is there are a few grammar mistakes and do agree with a previous review that it was not proof read very well. Read recently that Pattie had got married again, I wish her all the luck in the world as she comes over as a lovely genuine person. A very good read.
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